Towards A Homosexual Only Prison

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”…

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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The Istanbulian: When Hacktivism Strikes, Turkey Pulls The Plug On The Internet

CAN’T STOP THE HACKERS? No problem, let’s just shut down the Internet in Turkey! … which, it seems, is what happened when the combined forces of Anonymous & RedHack (Turkey’s own ‘Anonymous’) hit police & the Ministry of Justice websites.

It meant that for almost two hours, millions of Turkish users who accessed the Internet through the servers connected to Turk Telekom, were surfing in a “national intranet,” as all connections abroad were shut off.

Emre Kızılkaya, Chief Editor of Hürriyet’s Foreign News Service, has the low-down on his own blog here.