Human Rights

UN Women and UNFPA condemn hate murders in Turkey

Sunday, August 21, 2016

UN Women and UNFPA condemned the brutal murder of trans woman Hande Kader and Syrian gay refugee Wisam Sankari.

                                              Hande Kader on the right

UN institutions’ joint statements follows:

“Hate crimes and gender based violence are grave violations of basic human rights, and we are deeply concerned by recent attacks, discriminatory treatment and incitement to violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Turkey. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) promote zero tolerance towards violence against LGBTI and women, and call for the effective implementation of the Paris Principles and Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and LGBTI

“With reference to a statement issued by UN agencies in September 2015 UN Women and UNFPA in Turkey, condemn the brutal murder of Hande Kader and join in solidarity with the thousands of LGBTI people who brought the issue to national attention to say “NO” to hate crimes and violence against LGBTI and women.

“Human rights are universal”

“Human rights are universal – cultural, religious and moral practices and beliefs and social attitudes cannot be invoked to justify human rights violations against any group, including LGBTI persons.

“Everyone is entitled to the same fundamental human rights without discrimination or arbitrary restrictions of any kind, including the rights to life, liberty, physical integrity, privacy, equality before law, and freedom of expression. We recognize the considerable progress Turkey has made with regard to the legislation to combat violence against women and we call on the Turkish Government to take similar active measures to combat homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination. As we have condemned the murder of Özgecan Aslan, we are also condemning the murder of Hande Kader and other LGBTI people including Muhammad Wisam Sankari, a Syrian LGBTI refugee.

“When the human rights of LGBT people are abused, all of us are diminished”

“The UN is ready to support the efforts of the Government of Turkey to ensure that LGBTI people  and survivors of crimes are treated with respect and dignity and have access to protection mechanisms and effective remedy. This includes publicly condemning violence and hate crimes against LGBTI people, ensuring that legislation on discrimination and incitement to hatred and violence explicitly includes sexual orientation and gender identity. It is also very crucial that  authorities  prevent impunity for thes human rights violations through prompt, effective, independent and impartial investigations and prosecutions in line with fair trial norms and standards.

“As Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of UN underlined, “when the human rights of LGBT people are abused, all of us are diminished. Every human life is precious – none is worth more than another”. Therefore, all members of society, can help to reach the goal of creating a society free from all forms of violence against LGBTI and women.. Each and every one of us can help to challenge gender stereotypes and discrimination against all vulnerable groups, foremost LGBTI people who face the deadly forms of extreme discrimination.”

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