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AN IMMORAL AND IDEOLOGICAL ‘HALAY’

29 Oct

The newspaper Haberturk published a picture on October 11. 2012 showing two women dancing halay ( known a Turkish folk dance). The picture belongs to two female members of PKK and Haberturk published the picture with a headline which refers to homosexuals and includes a hate speech: ‘ Shocking images of two female PKK members.’

LamdaIstanbul LGBT, Istanbul LGBT Dayanisma Dernegi, Sosyalist Yeniden Kurulus ( SYK) and Sosyalist Feminist Kolektif ( SFK) gathered to protest Haberturk and its homophobic attitude. Participants state that not only Haberturk is a part of the homophobic print, but also Yeni Akit, Hurriyet and Zaman differentiate people on the basis of sexual orientations. Participants shouted slogans to express their feelings,

– Escinseller vardir, alisin artik! ( Homosexuals do exist, get used to it!)

– Genel ahlak kimin ahlaki? ( Whose moral values?)

For more information read here an article published at bianet.org

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MELEK KARAASLAN AND THE DELAYED JUSTICE

29 Oct

Melek Karaaslan (24) had died due to domestic violence on July 25. Now, her husband, her father and her parent-in law were sued to life imprisonment.

Melek Karaaslan got married when she was 16. Ever since the beginning of her marriage, she suffered domestic violence. At the age of 18, she was forced to leave house by her husband and his family. She gave birth outside in the cold. Due to the extreme cold and the physical abuse, she gave birth to a dead baby. Even though Melek had tried to escaped her house and wanted to live with her own parents, her father asked her to be with her husband on the basis of the traditions. The violence did not stop. Melek Karaaslan fell to 30 kilos and lost her wits. On July 25, she had died as a result of the violence chain that she could not break on her own and could not get any help from her own parents.

For more information read here an article published at bianet.org

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS ORDERED TURKEY TO PAY DAMAGES

16 Oct

European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey to pay damages for 18.000 Euros over a prisoner who was held alone in a cell due to his sexual orientation.

The prisoner claims that he was put in a small and dirty cell and he was not allowed to join any kind of activity. He says that he only had the right to see his lawyer. After a while, due to his diagnosis for depression, he was sent to a mental institution where he spent a month. Later on, he was put in another cell to stay with another homosexual prisoner where both suffered verbal abuse over their sexual orientations by one of the guardians. And yet, after the complaints of the prisoner, he was put in a new cell which has solitary conditions.

For more information read here an article published at bianet.org

LYNCH ATTEMPT AGAINST TRANSSEXUALS IN AVCILAR-ISTANBUL

10 Oct

On 6th of October some protesters living in Avcılar Meis blocks, organised a lynch attempt against transsexuals living in those blocks.

A group of people were invited public to lynch the transsexuals living in those apartments and there has been a crowd with 50-60 people in front of the blocks. One of the shouted catch phrases was “We die for our honor (namus)”.

Before 2 days of that hate crime was commited  on a tv show Mehmet Aydın had disclosed the adresses of transsexuals. Kaos gl made a press statement by asking “Will Avcılar be a new lynch area?” and said “housing rights of transgenders cannot be infringed.” 2 Days later of that press statement police did not interfere to that lynch attempt. Lots of people has learnt the situation from the social media and they went to Avcılar to support trans individuals.

The protesters which have shouted numbers of hate slogans announced that they will get together the following also.

Trans individuals living in Avcılar Denizköşkler neighbourhood announced that they will make an allegation, with LGBTT groups and human rights activists, againist Avcılar Police Department and for those who make the protests.

According to KAOS GL’s news the lynch attempt which was organised for the “honor of the neighbourhood” was in fact related with loss of annuity around that neighbourhood.

On 10th October, a member of parliament from İstanbul, Sabahat Tuncel interpallates “Is the transfobic hate in Avcılar being supported by the police headquarters?”

For more information read here and here.

 

FOR A BAR ASSOCIATION FOCUS ON PEACE

14 Sep

Filiz Kerestecioglu, is now one of the lawyers, who has become a candidate for the chief of Istanbul Bar Association. The section of Istanbul, which belongs to the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, is one of the most influential.

For Filiz Kerestecioglu and also for the women in Istanbul it is a positive sign, because the new candidate is feminist and supports women rights. Her main word is “Peace”, which she uses in different contexts all over Turkey. She also initated some discussions about the patriarchy. Kerestecioglu  commented her candidation: “I am the candidate, because I want justice for everyone!”

FRENCH-TURKISH STUDENT SEVIMLI RELEASED

8 Aug

A court finally decided to release Sevil Sevimli, a student who was arrested after she arrived in the northwestern province of Eskişehir from France as part of the Erasmus student exchange program. There are still 2824 more students serving time in jail, however.

A court decided to release Sevil Sevimli, a 21 year old French citizen and a student who was arrested on May 10 for her alleged involvement in the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) after she arrived in the northwestern province of Eskişehir from France as part of the Erasmus student exchange program.

The court issued its verdict to release Sevimli on Monday within the scope of the Third Judicial Reform Package.

A total of 2824 students are still serving time in Turkey’s jails as of Jan. 31, 2012, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said in response to a Parliamentary question posed by Özgür Özel, a deputy of the main opposition People’s Republican Party (CHP.)

Minister Ergin also provided further details with respect to the situation of arrested students in Turkey in his response:

*There are 1046 convicted and 1778 arrested students in jails across Turkey.

*609 arrested students are facing charges of “membership in an armed terrorist organization.”

*Courts have convicted 178 students on the charge of “membership in a terrorist organization.

For more information read here an article published at bianet.org

NEWS FROM ABORTION PROTEST

22 Jun

This week the ministre of healthcare and the ministre of family and social politics announced that there will be no change in the abortion right respective the 10 weeks regulation. But cesarean will only be allowed in case of medical emergency.

Unfurtunately these are not yet the final decisions, so we have to wait until monday when the official statement will be delivered.