Amnesty Calls on Turkey to Protect its LGBT Citizens


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):

You can read Amnesty International’s report here.

Amnesty International is urging the Turkish government to enshrine LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination language in the new constitution.

TAKE ACTION: Click here to sign the Amnesty International petition.

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Tracey D.
Tracey D7 years ago

signed the petition.

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JM A7 years ago


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Beth M7 years ago

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Marilyn L7 years ago


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Juliana D7 years ago

Signed- thanks

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m7 years ago

Signed with hope for dignity and compassion.

Bruce V.

Turkey and civil rights you're libel to get more on Thanksgiving. Let's see them own up to Armenia first nearly a hundred years of lies to get through.

Joseph Belisle
Joseph Belisle7 years ago

Naturally specific language should not be required. The rights of all should be equal and protected. But if the culture has a prevelance of an abuse of a minority then specific language is required. Just as we have in the US Constitution. Sometimes you must drag the troglodytes kicking and screaming out of the dark ages.

Dakota Payne
Dakota Payne7 years ago

Of course they should be protected and not forced to become the opposite of the sex they prefer as the Iranians force the gay men to do.