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.
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.
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.”
Published on April 3, 2014 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization