MURDERED : Ebru Soykan Turkish Transgender Human Rights Activist

Turkey: Another Transgender Activist Murdered
Government Should Prosecute Violence, Prohibit Discrimination

Ebru’s murder was the second this year of transgender activists in Turkey. She was a leading figure in an organization that worked to end police harassment and ill treatment of transgender people. She was stabbed in her home in spite of having notified the police of the dangerous man who they presently have in custody in connection with her murder.

Many people in Turkey feel that the police if not committing the violence, turn a deaf ear to warnings and a blind eye to crime if it is committed against transgender people.

The Human Rights Watch published the report “A Social Hell: State Violence, Abuse, and Harassment against Transgender People” in 2008 which describes Turkey as a place that “We Need a Law for Liberation”.

by k.a. Busey
March 13, 2009

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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