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”…


Source: Damla Yur, “Eşcinsellere Ayrı Cezaevi Yolda” (“Towards Homosexual-Only Prisons”), Milliyet, 13 April 2014,

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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‘Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatment On A Massive Scale’

THE RECENT RELEASE OF the aptly-titled ‘Contempt for Freedom’ by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) documents in great detail the disproportionate use of force by the Turkish state police in response to the anti-government protests this year. The unparalleled demonstrations in June were ignited by the ferocious police attacks on a sit-in in Taksim’s Gezi Park in late May. Over the course of one week, what began as a peaceful occupation to halt an unauthorized dig to make way for a controversial shopping mall, rapidly escalated into nationwide unrest, driven by shocking reports & images of excessive police action flooding social media, alongside a largely silent mainstream Turkish media &, not least, by an overly blunt reaction from the ruling AKP.

As the accompanying press release from the New York-based NGO outlines, police “attacked independent medical personnel who courageously provided care to the injured in accordance with international medical ethical standards and Turkish law.” In addition to violating the principle of medical neutrality — tantamount to a serious breach of the Geneva Conventions — PHR’s conclusion points to Turkish police deliberately firing tear gas canisters directly at protesters as a systemic mode of attack.

Published on Weds. 25.09.13, the 32-page report bases its findings on research conducted from 25 June to 2 July in İstanbul, the heart of the protests, & in the capital, Ankara. Working primarily with the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) & the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV), the PHR team reviewed 169 cases of physical & psychological evidence, as well as interviewing 53 victims & witnesses of police violence. The damning conclusion: Continue reading “‘Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatment On A Massive Scale’”

Do You Get It Now Why Kurdish Kids Throw Stones?

A SHOCKING INDICTMENT on the treatment of Kurdish children by Turkish prison officials in Southeastern Turkey in the 90s. The following excerpt is from the book Not As You Know It (“Bildiğin Gibi Değil”), part of a hard-hitting article translated into English by blogger and writer Stratos Moraitis in The Globe Times:

Then they took me away. They said, “Let’s play a game.” We have our ‘virginity report’ since they have taken us to the hospital previously. They cannot do anything to us on the front since we are virgins. But on the behind, all the time. They had bottles and such. “Do you want us to blow the bottle inside?” or “Let’s break it down.” They used to do that in a country, I don’t remember which. They used to break it inside. I’m telling you sincerely, “Let’s play the bottle game” they said. My behind was actually split off. My nipple tore off. When I got out, we had it stitched. But no milk comes off on that side. I have only two pores left. And they are not on the center. They burned me with cigarette butts. I still have the scars. I first saw how low a man can get over there. I saw there how low men can get even before I met any man… These were the nationalists, the guards of the state. Our backs bled all the time…

… We heard a terrible scream from across the room. A little girl. Her scream is terrible. We cannot make it out. She was nine or ten years old. She was a kid compared to us. She didn’t even have breasts. We hear them saying “Hazal do you enjoy that?” Continue reading “Do You Get It Now Why Kurdish Kids Throw Stones?”