Human Rights

Transgender woman brutally killed in İstanbul

Monday, August 27, 2018

Esra Ateş, a trans woman, was murdered outside her apartment in İstanbul. According to Hate Crime Report by Kaos GL, hate crimes are mostly performed in public space; perpetrators are typically more than two people and attacks take place in front of the eyewitnesses.

Esra Ateş, a trans woman, was killed in front of her apartment on Saturday (25 August) in İstanbul, Beyoğlu.

The attacker stabbed her and cut her throat. Police detained the murderer. The killer had Ateş’s mobile phone on him at the time.

Hate crimes in Turkey

According to Kaos GL's 2017 Hate Crime Report, hate crimes are mostly performed in public space; perpetrators are typically more than two people and attacks take place in front of the eyewitnesses.

117 survey questions which were presented on the report, were replied by 93 victims and 24 witnesses. According to the report, in 2017, a vast majority of the hate crimes based on homophobia and transphobia were committed in schools, houses, near the houses, public transportation or stops, at the cafés and bars, in the streets and in other public places. Since the majority of the hate crimes occurs in public space, it is thought that "the visibility of the individual facilitates the committed crime".

In more than half of the incidents, the assaults were performed in front of two or more eyewitnesses.

More than half of the eye-witnesses (55%) did not react to the incidents. 15 percent adopted a victim-supporting position. In 18 percent of the cases, some eye-witnesses supported the victim, and some of them supported the perpetrators. The report highlights the behavior of the witnesses:

“Silence of eyewitnesses against hate crimes or their facilitating attitudes, help the commission of a crime and they also point out to the background of the social ideologies which cause these hate crimes.”

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