Crimes against LGBTI raised in Turkish parliament

Sezgin Tanrikulu, during Istanbul Pride march

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy, Sezgin Tanrikulu, put forward a question on LGBTI rights in parliament on Wednesday.

Referring to a recent incident in which two assailants abducted, beat and robbed two transgender women, Tanrikulu asked the Prime Minister what action had been taken against the attackers.

“First, a transgender woman was tied and locked in a chicken coop, then another transgender woman was abducted, tied, and robbed. In view of these attacks against LGBTI individuals in recent years, what happened to the attackers and has criminal action been taken against them?”

Tanrikulu went on to ask, “between 2002-2017, how many LGBTI individuals have lost their lives due to hate crimes in Turkey? How many transgender individuals have lost their lives as a result of attacks in Turkey? How many attackers have been detained and arrested? Where is Turkey ranked in the hate crimes index?”

According to Turkish media, the aggressors of the transphobic attack were detained a few days ago.

Tanrikulu also brought to attention violence against women in Turkey.