ALDE continues to support the International Day Against Homophobia 2010 with a specialized project, “ALDE 4 Equality“, aimed at promoting equality and non-discrimination and LGBT rights in Europe and the participation of ALDE MEPs in Equality events.
The police attacked transsexuals’ protest in Ankara, an anarchist blog reports.
Securing freedoms and rights for gays and lesbians in Turkey will help the country show how compatible it is with European values, a Dutch member of the European Parliament says. According to Marietje Schaake, the human-rights coordinator for the Liberals, a more ‘human discussion’ is needed about sexuality and gender identity
The Istanbul Chief prosecution dismissed the request to appoint a special prosecutor for the murder case of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. 3.5 years after the murder it is still not clear which public officials are responsible and who pulled the trigger.
Turkey was criticized by at least 15 of a total of 54 countries speaking at the UN Human Rights Council on 10 May. Harsh criticism was voiced on Turkey’s tolerance towards torture and on oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people.
Two detained defendants of the murder case of Turkish-Armenian journalist Dink were released in the latest hearing. Osman Hayal was identified by a secret witness, though the court did not take the suspect into detention. Former head of the Police Intelligence Department will not be heard.
This year’s “Human Rights Foundation Ayşe Nur Zarakolu Freedom of Thought Award” went to Kurdish politicians Ahmet Türk and Aysel Tuğluk, journalist Mehdi Tanrıkulu, publisher Bedri Adanır and writer Veysi Sarısözen.