Turkey’s Human Rights Record to be Reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council

Media Contacts

In Istanbul: Zeynep Bilginsoy zeynep@lgbtinewsturkey.com
In Ankara:Ezgi Kocak ezgi.kocak@kaosgl.org
In New York: Hossein Alizadeh halizadeh@iglhrc.org
In Geneva: Alessia Valenza alessia@ilga.org

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(Istanbul, Geneva, New York; January, 23, 2015) -- On 27 January 2015, United Nations’ member states will review the Republic of Turkey’s human rights record since 2010, when the nation pledged to improve its record on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Since then, LGBTI organizations have documented Turkey’s failure to do so.

The Human Rights’ Council’s second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will be a follow up on the recommendations that Turkey accepted during the first cycle in 2010. The second periodic review of Turkey will take place during the 21st session of the Human Rights Council's UPR Working Group. Three council members from different regional groups will facilitate the session-Gabon, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia. Member states will be raising questions based on civil society’s submissions, along with recommendations and questions shared by other members of the United Nations.

The second cycle of Turkey’s UPR has drawn a promising increase in the engagement of local and international civil society organizations that include LGBTI organizations, which have submitted a document entitled “Human Rights Violations of LGBTI Individuals in Turkey” for the Human Rights Council’s consideration.

To help journalists cover the upcoming UPR review, IGLHRC, KAOS GL, and LGBTI NEWS TURKEY have included the attached “Background: The UPR Review of Turkey by the UN Human Rights Council.” This document is also available on the organizations’ websites. Experts are available to answer media inquiries about the process.

The Second Periodic Review of Turkey will take place in Geneva at the Human Rights Council (09:00 in Room 20 at the Palais des Nations) and will be telecast live at this address: http://www.upr-info.org/en/webcast. The video archives of the session, as well as the videos from the first session, are available on this website: http://www.upr-info.org/en/webcast/Turkey