Not an illness, not a crime (Amnesty International)

Amnesty International
Tell Turkey to stop violence and discrimination against LGBT people.
Hi Supporter,

Turkey is getting a new constitution and has promised serious reforms to protect the rights of its people.

Except gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people.

According to many officials in Turkey’s ruling party, LGBT people are sick and immoral. They deserve the violence, discrimination and harassment they are routinely subjected to, even from the police who are supposed to protect them.

Member of Parliament Dengir Mir Firat said that the 21st century is too soon to protect LGBT rights in the constitution. Maybe in the 22nd century, he added.

Amnesty will not wait 100 years for human rights.

Stand up for LGBT people facing discrimination. Turn up the volume on our campaign to protect human rights in Turkey and around the world. Become a member of Amnesty International now.

Amnesty International’s new report, “Not An Illness Nor A Crime”, documents disturbing patterns of government hostility toward LGBT people in Turkey across courts, police stations, the military and the workplace.

For example, gay men are frequent targets of abuse, especially in the military. Turkey has a mandatory service requirement, but gay men are deemed unfit for the military based on their sexual orientation.

To make matters worse, proof of military service is often a prerequisite for employment of men in Turkey – so many gay men attempt to serve despite the ban.

Gay men in Turkey told Amnesty that those who seek an exemption from military service must “prove” their homosexuality by showing photos of themselves having sex or submitting to a forced anal examination.

Amnesty is pressuring Turkey to add LGBT protections to the constitution. It’s a steep climb, but we can get there with your help.

Your contribution of $35 or more will give us the resources we need to protect human rights, in Turkey and worldwide.

Don’t let this historic moment pass. Please give us your support today.

 

In Solidarity,

Larry Cox
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA
A window has opened.

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Turkey’s government won’t end systemic discrimination against the LGBT community without international pressure. Seize this opportunity to demand equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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