LGBTI News Turkey Week in Review: March 17-23, 2014

IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are posting this weekly roundup from LGBTI News Turkey. LGBTI News Turkey is a group of volunteer-translators dedicated to providing English translations and sources on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) issues in Turkey for journalists, activists, scholars and the general public.

So this week our Prime Minister banned Twitter and has stated that similar bans may apply to any company (Google, Facebook) that does not respect the "Turkish Constitution". Our local elections are this Sunday and these elections will certainly determine our future.

March 19, 2014. “The LGBTI Movement Did Not Begin With Gezi”

LGBTI and feminist activists from Macedonia, Egypt, and Turkey shared the resistance practices from their countries at the 3rd International Feminist Forum, coordinated by Kaos GL and KASAUM as part of their 20th anniversary events. During the third panel of the forum’s first day on 15 March, Nada Zatouna from Egypt, Jovana Ananievska from the Macedonian LGBTI Support Center, and Yıldız Tar from Turkey’s Kaos GL spoke.

March 23, 2014. “Prison Sentences for the Cyber Attack on the Website!”

The public prosecution case regarding the April 2012 cyber attacks on the Kaos GL Association’s websites has concluded. Two individuals received six months in prison each for carrying out cyber attacks on the news and association websites of Kaos GL in 2012.

March 23, 2014. “Reasoned Verdict in the Court Case of Roşin Çiçek: Killing Someone Because of Their Sexual Orientation is Unacceptable”

The court announced its reasoned verdict in the case of Roşin Çiçek, who was killed by his father and two uncles in Diyarbakir in July 2012 with the justification that he was a homosexual. The reasoned verdict for the trial held on February 10, 2014, sentencing murderer father Metin Çiçek to aggravated life in prison and the murderer uncles Alican Çiçek and Şeyhmus Çiçek to life in prison, states that it is unacceptable to violate the right to life on the basis of sexual orientation. Unlike many other murder cases that involve homosexual and trans people, there was no reduced sentencing for the convicted based on unjust provocation.

March 23, 2014. “Trans Individuals in the Elections – T-Der’s Press Statement

In order for the March 30 2014 local elections to occur in a democratic environment, special measures need to be taken for women, disabled, illiterate, elderly, lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex – and especially transgender people – to be able to benefit from their right to vote in the same way as everyone else. On Sunday, March 30 2014, for the trans individuals who are concerned of being exposed to discrimination and who hesitate to vote, T-Der invites everyone to be sensitive about this issue, and we are inviting trans individuals to vote by using their right stated in Article 67 of the Constitution titled, “Electing, to be Elected and Participating in Political Events.”