01/12/2020 | Writer: Yiğit E Korkmaz
“Having high-level administrators embracing hate speech causes serious difficulties in LGBTI+'s access to justice."
Illustration: Gizem Karagöz, stock image for KaosGL.org
Diyarbakır Network Against Violence, of which the Diyarbakır Bar Association LGBTI+ Rights Commission is a member, published its one-year violation report on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The third report of the Diyarbakır Network Against Violence, which declared its establishment on March 8, 2019, raised awareness on hatred and discrimination. The experiences of LGBTI+'s were reported as follows:
“The LGBTI+'s are directly affected by institutional hate speech. Having high-level administrators embracing hate speech causes serious difficulties in LGBTI+'s access to justice. Factors such as the lack of mechanisms protecting the LGBTI+'s and the denying the existence of LGBTI+'s cause the rights violations suffered by LGBTI+'s to be ignored too. The state of denial ends with impunity during the judicial processes and restorative justice cannot be established in combating violence.”
The following statements about LGBTI+ rights are included in the recommendations section of the report:
“In order to prevent discrimination against LGBTI+'s, public institutions and NGOs should recognize the existence of LGBTI+'s in terms of establishing restorative justice and combating impunity; and clearly adopt the principle of "combating sexual orientation and gender identity based discrimination". Special measures should be developed for LGBTI+'s admittance to shelters and discriminatory attitudes should be abandoned in this regard.”
Tags: human rights