07/12/2022 | Writer: Selma Koçak
Kaos GL calls on victims and witnesses of hate crimes against LGBTI+s to report what they have experienced or witnessed.
Kaos GL Association, brought a new system into play in the frame of studies regarding monitoring and reporting hate crimes.
The system was created by Kaos GL and NGO’s, who are the members of Stonewall and LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey (ERA) in consideration of the relevant standards and criteria of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Survivors of hate-motivated crimes against LGBTI+s, in other words victims, are able to report the incidents they were subjected to through the system. The witnesses of hate crimes and non-governmental organizations can also type their experiences into system, and send a notice.
A software and a website, providing high security, were developed for data entry into the system. In addition no private or personal information such as name, address and etc., is requested from applicants / reporters. Even if personal information is provided, it will not be included in the Hate Crimes Report, which is planned to be published annually.
How can I make a notification?
What is hate crime?
According to the OSCE, the most competent international organization in this field of which Turkey is a participant, the definition of the “hate crime” is as follows:
“Criminal acts motivated by bias towards particular groups of people. Bias motivations can be broadly defined as preconceived negative opinions, stereotypical assumptions, intolerance or hatred directed to a particular group that shares a common characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, disability or any other fundamental characteristic. Hate crimes can include threats, property damage, assault, murder, or any other criminal offense committed with a bias motivation.”
To sum up from the point of view of LGBTI+s, acts targeting individuals due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender characteristic (intersex) and the acts defined as crimes within the scope of the Turkish Penal Code, are among the hate crimes which may be notified into the system.
Tags: human rights