EU Tells Turkey to End Abuses Against Gays

Friday, May 23, 2008

For more than a decade, Turkey has longed for membership in the powerful European Union.

The Eurocrats have been slow to embrace the enormous, predominantly Muslim nation that straddles both the European and Asian continents — holding off approval of their application for membership. Turkey, long a bastion of institutionalized homophobia, finally got an answer: to join the EU they must end the abuse of gays and lesbians.

An international human rights group has told the European Union that Turkey should not be allowed to join until it guarantees it has ended abuses against its LGBT community. In an exhaustive 123-page report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch, gays and lesbians continue to be harassed throughout the country.

The report acknowledges that there have been some positive changes in Turkish law and policy as the country attempts to join the European Union. However, it also calls on the EU to insist on respect for LGBT people’s basic rights as a barometer of Turkey’s human rights progress.

Turkish law offers no express protections for LGBT people’s universal human rights.

In the complex path toward European Union accession, “this report points to an area where little or nothing has changed,” said Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at HRW.

“The EU must fully incorporate issues of sexual orientation and gender identity when considering Turkey’s application for membership.”

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11 Responses to EU Tells Turkey to End Abuses Against Gays

  1. Brigadoon says:

    I know it isn’t politically correct to say but Turkey’s problems with gays originates in the Muslim faith that holds a majority in the nation. I think if the EU lets Turkey join the league of nations, they will one day live to regret it.

  2. Rachel says:

    Turkey needs to look east for national union. To nations like Iran and Pakistan but not the European Union. There is no reason for them to become part of the predominately Christian EU. I agree with Brig, if the Eurocrats allow them in, they’re courting with a cultural disaster.

  3. Turkey’s entire history is somewhat of a “cultural disaster,” in terms of the fact that they’ve always bridged the gap where east meets west (literally and figuratively). Personally, I think that Turkey could teach us a lot about understanding the culture of Islam.

  4. Aunt Peg says:

    Gays in Turkey have been beaten and murdered and the govenment in Ankara just looks the other way and it’s almost always in the name of “Allah.”

    This is so 8th century.

  5. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED says:

    Gays in the US have been beaten and murdered and the government in Washington just looks the other way and it’s almost always in the name of “Jesus.”

    In fact the bigots in the Democratic (sic) Party, with the full support of the bigots in the Republican Party adamantly refuse to repeal Democratic laws like DADT and DOMA. And, rubbing salt in their backstabbing wounds, they recently junked the gutted Barney Frank version of ENDA and the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill. They were afwaid, vewy afwaid.

    They didn’t want the big bad Republicans accusing them of being GLBT friendly, which in any case is a sick joke.

    This is so 8th century.

  6. Bill Perdue, in all fairness – in the U.S., when these heinous things happen, they’re brought in front of a court system. A system where perps are often convicted. And last I checked, “Killing or maiming in the name of Jesus” does not give the perp and innocent verdict. I don’t think the same can be said in Turkey, where killing in the name of Allah is alright.

  7. Harry says:

    I don’t see it happening. Turkey will need to split into a Muslim to the east and a Christian nation to the west.

  8. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED says:

    OK, lets be fair, but based on facts, not islamophobia. Turkey is not listed by the IGLA as a nation with harsh laws or a nation that sponsors violence against it GLBT population.

    Turkey voted to include sexual orientation in the charter of the UN Commission on Human Rights in various

    UN bodies in 2003, twice in 2005, in 2006 and as recently as March of this year. The US always votes to exclude us.

    Turkey is a country heavily influenced by islamists and it’s police express that, just as the bigotyry of christists and conservative judiasts help creat police bigotry everywhere, including the US. The steady barrage of hate speech by these bigots is a primary cause of violence against us. And so are the public betrayals of the Democrats with DOMA, ENDA, DADT and hate crimes law backstabbing.

    The difference between muslim and christian bigots does not lie in their intent to harm us, merely in their ability to harm us.

    In fact the worst perpetrators of state violence against us are Iran and the United States. The Iranian ayatollahs have lynched thousands of our brothers and sisters. In Iraq Al-Sistanti and others who’ve declared a death fatwa against have received arms are armed by the US military. They routinely hunt down and kill gay men, one a 14 year old boy executed for being too “pretty”. All the while the US military turns a blind eye and ignores pleas for help. And our tax dollars pay for it and virtually all Democrats and Republicans vote for whatever monies Bush asks for.

    The US and no one else is engaged in genocide in Iraq that’s killing hundreds of thousands. Ignoring that and concentrating on Turkey, where our communities are under attack but not being murdered seems a touch hypocritical to me.

  9. .
    I deplore the oppression of any human being or perceived group, especially when violence is involved. I also deplore the mindless, ignorant Islamophobia expressed by some of the commenters here on this post. I’m sure most of you have never been to Turkey, or known any Turks. I doubt you know anything much about them, or Turkish history & culture.

    Allow me the presumption of enlightening you. Hollywood and the rest of our corporate media would like you to believe that Islam is one great monolithic enemy, a billion savage fanatics all violently opposed to the American way of life, and ready to end it by violence. Obviously, since it is usually us attacking them, this view might be a little backwards, don’t you think?

    Read all about it:
    “THE SEVEN PILLARS OF ISLAM”
    http://blog-me-no-blogs.blogspot.com/2008/05/seven-pillars-of-islam.html
    .

  10. .
    I deplore the oppression of any human being or perceived group, especially when violence is involved. I also deplore the mindless, ignorant Islamophobia expressed by some of the commenters here on this post. I’m sure most of you have never been to Turkey, or known any Turks. I doubt you know anything much about them, or Turkish history & culture.

    Allow me the presumption of enlightening you. Hollywood and the rest of our corporate media would like you to believe that Islam is one great monolithic enemy, a billion savage fanatics all violently opposed to the American way of life, and ready to end it by violence. Obviously, since it is usually us attacking them, this view might be a little backwards, don’t you think?

    Read all about it:
    “THE SEVEN PILLARS OF ISLAM”
    .

  11. I lived in Turkey for 16 years as my Mother is of Turkish descent…….no enlightenment needed here. Saw it with my own eyes. Do I think they’re a monolithic enemy? No more than the Bush Administration…..

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