Amnesty International is urging Turkey to enshrine constitutional protections for its LGBT citizens in the country’s new constitution.
Currently no discrimination protections exist for LGBTs in Turkey. Indeed, the law does not even provide a framework through which discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity might be determined.
Next month, Turkey’s government will begin drafting a long-awaited new constitution designed, according to Prime Minister Erdogan, to protect “everyone’s life-style, belief, language, culture and ideas.” But, Amnesty International warns, that’s not quite true as the rights of Turkey’s LGBT community will not be included.
In a country where homophobia and transphobia is institutionalized, where violence against LGBTs is frequent and often goes unpunished by police, where the army still classes homosexuality as an illness, and where transgender people face being denied even basic health care, this is unacceptable.
You can learn more about the problems facing Turkey’s LGBTs in the Amnesty International video below (if you have trouble reading the small captions, click here to view the video in a larger format):
Amnesty International is urging the Turkish government to enshrine LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination language in the new constitution.