Saturday, August 20, 2016

Anger after trans woman is raped and burned to death in Turkey

Anger after trans woman is raped and burned to death in TurkeyShe was a brave LGBT campaigner in Turkey, where campaigners say hate crimes are becoming more and more common.
This week her charred body was discovered as it emerged she had been raped and murdered.

The 22-year-old trans woman’s death has sparked widespread calls for greater protection for Turkey’s LGBT population.
Hande was working as a sex worker, and was last seen getting into the car of a client.
Her body was found burned and mutilated in the Zekeruyahoy neighbourhood in Istanbul.
Since her death, LGBT rights campaigners have been using the hashtag #HandeKadereSesVer – which means ‘Make some noise for Hande Kader’.
Hande had become a symbolic figure in Turkey after facing down a police water cannon during last year’s Gay Pride march in Istanbul.
Her murder comes less than a fortnight after the death of gay Syrian refugee Muhammed Wisam Sankari, who was found decapitated after being raped.
Emirhan Deniz Çelebi, the director of LGBT organisation SPoD, based in Istanbul, said after the killing: ‘We are being murdered and they do not hear our voices, because the rules in Turkey don’t protect us.’
And lawyer Levent Pişkin said a crackdown after the recent attempted coup in Turkey have made LGBT people feel more vulnerable.
‘Actually, LGBT people in Turkey have never had legal rights,’ he said.
‘But we knew there were judicial mechanisms to support us. Nowadays, most people feel more vulnerable.’
A joint statement by local LGBT organisations demanded justice, stating: ‘We feel great anger: our beloved friend Hande Kader was burned to death… Hande was a person who raised her voice against hate crimes and encouraged everyone to raise their voices too.
‘We are constantly shouting at LGBTI+ Prides, Trans Prides and other protests that homophobic and transphobic statements are leading to hate crimes, murderers often escape unpunished, and hate crime laws are urgent.
‘Unfortunately, our Prides have been banned in the last two years, yet we need to be seen, to be on the streets and to shout our demands in order to end hate crimes…
‘We demand justice for all that lost their lives for being a woman, a trans or a gay.’
A march is being held from Tunel to Galatasaray on Sunday evening urging people to stand up against hate crimes.

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