Human Rights

Transwomen want to live: “Am I next?”

Monday, September 3, 2018

“Almost every day we read a news of a transwomen’s murder. Such violence become normalized by the society.”

On August 25th, transwoman Esra Ateş was murdered as slitting her throat just in front of the apartment she lived in Beyoğlu, İstanbul. From the camera records, murderer got caught and arrested for robbery and murder. During his statement given to police, he tried to justify his act as: “I did not understand if she is a woman or a man.”

On 27th of August, her friends and LGBTI+ human rights defenders met to commemorate her in front of her house.

After the commemorate in front of Esra Ateş’s house, another event took place in Izmir on 29th of August. The group met in front of Turkan Saylan Cultural Center and read the same statement outloud.

Transwomen want to live: “Am I next?”

Transgender activist Niler Albayrak had a demonstration/ performance as “Am I next?” to attract attention to transphobic hate murders. Opposition party CHP İstanbul Avcılar Municipality delegate Albayrak’s performance took place in Avcılar Municipality Square and Women Commission of the municipality and some other NGOs supported the demonstration. 

During her demonstration, Albayrak said:

“We do not want our rights of housing and employment are taken away from us anymore. Almost every day we read a news of a transwomen’s murder. Such violence become normalized by the society. But we, as transwomen, are also living in this country. And just like everyone else, we also deserve to live!”

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