Towards A Homosexual Only Prison

Jim Colella:

Now surfacing in international media (via AFP & Reuters), this is a far more detailed reading of the justice minister’s recent announcement to build separate prisons for LGBT individuals. As this report (translated from Milliyet daily) by LGBTI News in Turkey points out, there are already “pink wards” in state prisons, but the ruling AKP now intend to segregate those of a “different sexual nature” even further. Spend some time browsing on the LGBTI News blog & you’ll soon see that even with the status quo, LGBT individuals are already a target for harrassment, physical & sexual abuse, & torture — by prison wardens! Meanwhile, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ says the planned separation is all “for their own safety”…

Originally posted on LGBTI NEWS TURKEY:

Source: Damla Yur, “Eşcinsellere Ayrı Cezaevi Yolda” (“Towards Homosexual-Only Prisons”), Milliyet, 13 April 2014, http://gundem.milliyet.com.tr/escinsellere-ayri-cezaevi-yolda/gundem/detay/1866198/default.htm

Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ declared that there is an initiation to establish a special prison to hold prisoners and detainees with alternative sexual orientations. The prison plan received negative reactions for the reason that it would alienate LGBT individuals from social life…

The Ministry of Justice has begun the initiation for the establishment of a special LGBT prison for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual inmates who are, at the time, held in “pink wards.” Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ declared that the project has begun to build a prison to hold prisoners and detainees with alternative sexual orientations. This project, which has no precedent anywhere in the world, was met with criticism for reasons that it would “alienate LGBT individuals from socializing environments.”

First came the pink wards

Until recently, there were no specific…

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2 thoughts on “Towards A Homosexual Only Prison

  1. One also wonders exactly how they plan to identify the homosexual individuals involved given the most likely reluctance of most in Turkey or anywhere really to be free with the info. I’ve heard from friends about how doctors are used to identify them…

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  2. Probably no different to how they are “identified” in the military (intrusively). As another article on the LGBTI NEWS TURKEY blog states (http://lgbtinewsturkey.com/2013/08/16/what-are-the-rights-of-lgbt-people-in-prison), according to UN principles, “prison conditions -apart from the loss of freedom – should be as close to normal living conditions as possible” & “No matter how terrible the crime allegedly or actually committed, detained or convicted persons continue to be human. The judicial authorities sentence them to deprive them of their freedom, not their humanity.”

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