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Another One


On the 13th of July 2009 the LGBTTQI community of Istanbul had to march again in the streets to condemn another hate crime and ask for justice. This last murder of a transsexual has been the last in a line of visible crimes committed against the LGBTTQI community in Turkey. As such as being the most visible part of the LGBTTQI community transsexuals have been the ones who have suffered the most in attacks. They have been either severely beaten up, arrested or killed. And nobody seems to carry.

This is as such explainable that in a paternalistic and sexist society like the Turkish one where women are perceived as lesser individuals the transformation from man to women is believed to be despicable act. It can even be perceived as a threat to mere male power and certain gender roles. But that doesn’t justify the inhuman reactions, treatments and discrimination the LGBTTQI community is facing every day. It is as such even despicable that governments are refusing to take actions so the Human Rights of LGBTTQI’s is secured. A true failure of this so-called democracy.

These hate crimes will never stop unless Human RIghts are secured by law and the execution of these laws by the police and the judiciary system. It is about time that these actions are undertaken as every death is one too many. No More. No More. Act the fuck now.


Never forget Sivas


It was only my first day in Istanbul and already I had the chance to take part in a massive demonstration. Between 8 and 15 thousand people (depending on the source) marched through Kadiköy to remember those 33 people who died 16 years ago on the 2nd of June in Sivas by a great injustice.

Those 33 people were part of the Alevi ‘minority’ here in Turkey and were gathered to celebrate a cultural festival. Their hotel was attacked by Islamists after a friday prayer that called for their death. The Islamists put the hotel on fire and nobody, even the authorities, have even tried to save those innocent souls. This grave injustice is of significant importance if one looks at the Republic of Turkey and its minorities.  Death through violence is not an uncommon thing when one considers the difficult (to say the least) issue of minority rights in Turkey.

But it is even more despicable that the real criminals against democracy and minority rights in this case are not brought to justice as it was also the authorities who failed to protect those peoples lives. Those authorities have always behaved in a very reluctant manner when addressing the real threats towards minorities and have since then not acted to prove the contrary. The Turkish state always speaks in a very hollow, but pretty voice on minority rights but as such does not act upon it. The state even tries to protect those criminals through badly led investigations or even abruptly stopping them. This makes them followers to those horrible acts against human rights. This must come to an end right now! There has been enough bloodshed and enough lies to cover up the truth.

Justice must preveal. Even after 16 years.

World Refugee Day

Last Saturday, the 20th of June was the World Refugee Day and in times where climate refugees are such a hot topic one should take the occasion to take a moment and reflect upon the existence of fortress Europe.

One often thinks that the whole world would like to seek refuge on our European continent whilst the largest amount of refugees actually are found on the African continent and those people do not even have the intention to ever cross the Medditeranian.
But somehow there is this misconception that the European Union is overflooded with refugees in search of a better future either for political or economical reasons.

This misconception has led to the belief that we are in need of shutting our borders off for economical refugees and that we use very subjective criteria to determine if somebody is entitled to the status of political refugee and thus makes a chance for that much needed and hoped for better future.

It is only human to be in search of something better as it is understandable that every person on this globe would like a life that is not only about surviving but also about living.

And then comes the question why there is a belief that there should be criteria to determine if somebody has the right or not to be entitled to a better life. An answer is yet to be given to those who are returned to their country of origine and to those who live in the European Union and are being considered as illegal. This whilst it is hard to actually understand how a human being as such can be illegal.

Who’s next?


Yesterday morning  Çağla was stabbed to death in her own home. Every time we mourn a lost friend, we are witnesses to another one’s death. Our hearts are bleeding. And we are tired of screaming as we are not being heard. Transphobia and homophobia have made society deaf and blind. Society has forgotten to be human as they have forgotten that we are human too.

What are government officials waiting for to finally act? How many people more need to die? Who’s government is this? Who’s parliament is this if they can not protect our basic human right; the right to live?

By protecting the killers and by wrongly accusing LGBTT’s the incitement to murder they reduce the impact of the crime committed towards LGBTT people. Where’s the justice in this?

What are the governments organisations to protect human rights doing to prevent honor killings? Why aren’t they acting to prevent these kind of horrible acts? Aren’t LGBTT worth it?

The killers are not only the ones holding guns or knifes. The real killer is the system that deprives gay and trans people of their basic rights and freedoms and forces them to live in deprivation.

To solve this problem the authorities who keep these murders hushed up and neglect to make legal arrangements are also considered killers.

To stop hate crimes against LGBTT, to stop hate and murder we will continue to illustrate our protest each week on Thursday at 18:30 in from of the Prime Ministers Advisory Committee on Human Rights in Yüksel.
Don’t stay silent to hate crimes. Don’t partner up with crime.

In Turkish:

Sıra Hangimiz de?

Dün sabah Çağla evinde bıçaklanarak öldürüldü. Bir arkadaşımızı kaybetmenin acısını içimize sindiremezken bir başkasının ölümüne şahit oluyoruz. İçimiz kan ağlıyor. Artık bağırmaktan yorulduk. Feryatlarımızı duymuyorsunuz. Transfobi ve homofobi gözlerinizi kör, kulaklarınızı sağır yapmış. Bizim insan olduğumuzu unutarak kendi insanlığınızdan kaybediyorsunuz.

Yetkiler harekete geçmek için neyi bekliyorlar? Kaç kişinin daha öldürülmesi gerekiyor?
Bu hükümet kimin hükümeti? Bu meclis kimin meclisi?

Katilleri koruyarak, Lezbiyen Gey Biseksüel Travesti Transeksüel (LGBTT) bireylere karşı işlenen suçlarda haksız tahrik indirimleri yaparak katilleri suça teşvik etmiyor musunuz?

TBMM İnsan Hakları İnceleme Komisyonu, Başbakanlık İnsan Hakları Danışma Kurulu, Ankara Valiliği İnsan Hakları Kurulu, Çankaya Kaymakamlığı İnsan Hakları Kurulu nefret cinayetlerini incelemek için neden harekete geçmiyor? Ölen gey ve trans bireyler sizin yurttaşınız değil mi?

Katil sadece, silahı, bıçağı tutan ellerin sahipleri değildir.
Katil, gey ve trans bireyleri temel hak ve özgürlüklerinden mahrum ederek yaşamaya zorlayan sistemdir.

Bu sorunları çözmek için çaba göstermeyen ve bu cinayetlere sesiz kalan, yasal düzenlemeler yapmayan yetkililer de katildir!

LGBTT Bireylere yönelik nefret suçlarını durdurmaya yönelik gerekli önlemler alına kadar ve LGBTT bireylere yönelik nefret cinayetleri aydınlatılana kadar biz her hafta Perşembe günü saat 18:30’da Yüksel’de Başbakanlık İnsan Hakları Danışma Kurulunun önünde toplanmaya devam edeceğiz.
Nefret Cinayetlerine Sessiz Kalma! Suça ortak olma!

LGBTT Hakları Platformu
Kaos GL Derneği
Kaos GL İzmir Oluşumu
Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Dayanışma Derneği
MorEL Eskişehir LGBTT Oluşumu
Pembe Hayat LGBTT Dayanışma Derneği
Piramid LGBTT Diyarbakır Oluşumu
Siyah Pembe Üçgen Derneği

Destekleyen Kuruluşlar,
Amargi kadın Kooperatifi, Anarşi Kolektifi Ankara, Ankara Kadın Platformu, Çeviri Eylem Kolektifi, DSİP, EHP’li LGBTT’ler, Eskişehir Demokratik Kadın Platformu, Feminist(B)iz,  Filmmor
Halkevci kadınlar, GLADT, Berlin-Brandenburg Türkiyeli Escinseller Dernegi, İnsan Hakları Gündemi Derneği, İstanbul LGBTT Sivil Toplum Girişimi, İzmir Amargi Grubu, Ka-der, Kadın Dayanışma Vakfı, Kadının İnsan Hakları- Yeni Çözümler Derneği, Kardeşime Dokunma İnsiyatifi, Kırkörük Kadına Yönelik Şiddetle Mücadele Kooparatifi, Nefret Cinayetlerini Duyuruyoruz İnsiyatifi, Sosyal Kalkınma ve Cinsiyet Eşitliği Politikaları Merkezi, TCK Kadın Platformu, Türkiye Ayıları, Uçan Süpürge Kadın Örgütü, Yeşiller İzmir

Young Greens for an All Inclusive Europe

In the week before the 17th of May, the International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO), gay prides took places all around Europe celebrating freedom and diversity. Still, we are warned once again that Human Rights’  violation towards LGBTQI  is still present in Europe.

Yet again the organisation of prides has been precarious. In Moscow the pride has been forbidden as this has been a common practice. And in Riga the pride had to go through hard times as only 3 days before the permission to organise it had been revoked. This happened under the false pretence of morality and conservatism. Thankfully the court decided against this outrageous act and the pride will take place.
For the Young European Greens these situations are  is unacceptable. We do not want a Europe that discriminates people who do not fit in to certain mainstream norms. We do not want a Europe of intolerance. The Young European Greens strive towards Europe that values diversity and considers it as an enrichment that should be celebrated; towards Europe in which all citizens will have equal rights, regardless their differences, not only on paper, but also in practice. We strive towards Europe of inclusion and respect.

This Saturday 16th of May, day prior IDAHO, FYEG will participate in the gay pride in Brussels to show that there is an alternative, namely a Green alternative.

Young Greens do not merely pay lip service to equal rights and anti-discrimination:.Green MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg headed the anti-discrimination directive that was finally adopted by the European Parliament. This directive protects all European citizens against different forms of discrimination, including the ones  based on sexuality.

We are fully aware that fight for equality and inclusion will not end with the adoption of the anti-discrimination directive. It offers legal protection and a useful standpoint from which we continue to promote our vision of an inclusive society in which equal rights will be granted for all. Therefore, Greens will continue this battle along side all the others that strive towards an all inclusive Europe.

Womens rights in Turkey


And to think I thought to have had it with activism and demonstartations not so long ago. But after the Lambda Istanbul courthearing I also attended a demo by the womens council of Ankara for the International Day against Violence towards Women. And the day faterwards there was a demo on the premises of METU (Middle East Technical University).

In a country where womensrights are mainly focussed on the topic of the headscarf a lot of other rights are often forgotten and even surpressed by the very patriarchal society. This is a shame as Turkey was one of the first countries in the world to actually give women the right to vote. Whilst Western countries where battling their wives and daughters the first step in the emancipation was made in Turkey. But since then not much as such has changed.

Womensrights may have been written in the law, but are often not considered. Crimes against women are often the ones that are not put in a courtcase and thus many crimes against women go on unprocecuded. A dirty shame again for a country that wants to access the EU. Rights of minorities are just hollow and not a priority for the Turkish government, allthough they want us to believe it isn’t so.

There is certainy a deficit in Turkey when it comes to what government officials say and what they actually do. How else can you explain that on the demo of the womens council in Ankara the amount of police forces was triple the amount of the demontrators. A complete and utter madness was it to see these very macho and armed forces trying to shield the demonstration off. It just makes you question what Turkish officials expect of these kind of demo’s. Do they see revolution everywhere since they are not capable of governing a country that is willing to make progress?