Turkey progress report slammed – no progress for gay rights

Published: January 4, 2013

Activists slammed Turkey’s progress report to the European Union (EU), saying it totally ignores the EU’s recommendations regarding LGBT rights

Turkey’s minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Ba??? said the report is ‘not just a reaction’ but indicates the government’s ‘commitment to reform’.

Turkish LGBT activists, however, pointed out that the report ignores the problems and demands of gay people and justifies previous and current criticism expressed by the EU Commission.

In its 2012 Progress Report on Turkey, the EU Commission called upon the Turkish government to protect its LGBT citizens from discrimination and violence.

The report stressed that Turkey’s current draft bill of Anti-Discrimination and Equality does not comply with the EU standards as it does not prohibit discrimination against LGBT people, which continues unchallenged in the country.

The EU commission was particularly critical of Turkey’s exclusion of ‘sexual orientation’ from the draft anti-discrimination law.

Ba??? however slammed the reported saying it was ‘subjective, biased, unfounded, and [full of] bigoted attitudes’.

Quoting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Bag?? stated that the government sees EU Accession of Turkey as a top priority.

‘However, EU has damaged its own credibility with Turkey report’, he added.

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