Turkey: Human Rights and Equality Foundation of Turkey debate inclusion of LGBT rights

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey Commission on Equal Opportunity for Women and Men discussed the proposal that a Human Rights and Equality Foundation of Turkey should be formed as a subsidiary organ in order to focus on protecting and improving human rights based on individual’s dignity, to ensure their right to be treated equally, and to prevent discrimination in benefiting from lawful rights and freedom.

Candan Yüceer, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Tekirdağ MP, stated that LGBT individuals are faced with discrimination and killed. Yüceer further added that overlooking this problem, and interpreting the recommendations listed in the international agreements would mean ignoring the individuals who are being discriminated against. Filiz Kerestecioğlu, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) İstanbul MP, emphasized that sexual orientation and gender identity must be included in the proposal, and that turning a blind eye to these individuals would not simply make them disappear.

Ayşe Doğan, Justice and Development Party (AKP) Tekirdağ MP, made the following homophobic remarks in response to Yüceer and Kerestecioğlu responded that homosexuality is 'one of the biggest threats to our society' and should not be included in the human rights agenda.  

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