13/08/2013 | Writer: Kaos GL

The Constitution Conciliation Commission, the group responsible for producing Turkey’s new charter draft, decided yesterday to let judges and prosecutors interpret equality based on ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’.

Turkish Parliament agreed on ‘heterosexuals are more equal’ Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+
The Constitution Conciliation Commission, the group responsible for producing Turkey’s new charter draft, decided yesterday to let judges and prosecutors interpret equality based on “sexual orientation and gender identity”. Now the expression “sexual orientation and gender identity” might not be referred in the equality article of charter, but only in its justification, rendering the expression legally non-binding.
 
If the equality article is approved as it is now, homophobic and transphobic human rights violations will be dealt by interpretations of judicial body, which does not have a bright picture in Turkey. This ambiguity raises concerns about LGBT rights in Turkey where even binding international conventions might go unrecognized by legal authorities.  

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