21/04/2005 | Writer: KAOS GL

Below is a press statement issued by Kaos GL after the Turkish government delayed the implementation of the new Turkish Penal Code until June 1, 2005.

On April 1, 2005 the government decided to delay the implementation of the new Turkish Penal Code, which does not recognize the existence of Turkish people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). We are wondering what will change when the law goes into effect on June 1, 2005.

None of the demands we brought up during our face-to-face meetings with the Justice Commission members were considered. We, the Turkish lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, want to live in our country without being outlawed, stigmatized and discriminated against.

We urge the government to take the necessary action to amend the Turkish Penal Code to:

Tags: human rights