Turkey’s LGBT+ under increasing government pressure, report reveals

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03/03/2022

A recent report by the LGBT+ advocacy group KAOS GL has revealed that Turkey’s LGBT+ community is feeling increasingly threatened under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. The report, “Despite Everything: LGBT+ Human Rights in 2021,” was based on data collected from 2007 to 2021 and documented human rights violations and discrimination against the LGBT+ community. According to the report, discrimination of the LGBT+ community was very common. In 2021 there were eight documented hate crimes, while the real number is thought to be much higher. Last year, LGBT+ individuals were frequently targeted by the government as high-ranking government officials publicly said they were damaging Turkish social and family values. Moreover, during demonstrations police used disproportionate force while detaining LGBT+ individuals. The report said, however, that the LGBT+ individuals who were interviewed said they would not be deterred by police brutality and would continue demonstrating.

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