14 Transgender Persons Murdered in Turkey in the Past Year
Şevval Kılıç, trans activist, with the support of Hossein Alihzah, IGLHRC Middle East and North Africa Program coordinator, testified to a grave situation for LGBT people during the UN Human Rights Committee’s initial review of the Republic of Turkey’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. She spoke of the harrowing statistic that 14 of her transgender friends were murdered in the past 12 months.
Şevval drew on issues documented in the shadow report, Human Rights Violations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Turkey: A Shadow Report, submitted for the session when she spoke about the lack of effective hate crimes legislation, the government’s refusal to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in the new constitution and police arrests of trans activists. While the State was responsive to some LGBT-related questions raised during the session, the government has much work to do to protect LGBT people. The committee is expected to release their concluding observations in early November.
Additional documents of interest, include:
Şevval Kılıç’s Remarks to the Committee