all these homophobic east european nations want to (or have) joined the EU to get wodges of cash. At the same time the don’t sign up properly to European human rights.
And it’s OUR money, the pink pound, euro etc, that props up their semi-facist regimes
apYrs, absolutely right about that! The Home Office I daresay would dispute what’s going on in Turkey given its dysmal record on granting asylum to genunine gay people fleeing persecution. What a disgrace this poor young man had to die. Nobody should have to live in fear just because of who they are and if Turkey and others want EU membership, then the EU Commission needs to get serious by mandating equality laws for every member state rather than recommend them. As it now stands, the EU Commission’s recommendations have no teeth whatosever to enforce the laws. Members and future members either play by the rules or remain outsiders. They should not be able to pick and choose which laws they will or won’t obey. We also need a uniform asylum law where nobody’s life is in peril should they face deportation.
It’s difficult for me to believe this is the first gay dishonor killing in Turkey. . .maybe the first reported, publicized case. So many of these crimes are unreported or disguised as accidents or suicides, though.
Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
“Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”
Sodomy laws can be found around the world. Today, consensual homosexual acts between adults are illegal in about 70 out of the 195 countries of the world; in 40 of these, only male-male sex is outlawed.
This number has been declining since the second half of the 20th century. All of Europe, North America and nearly all of Latin America or/and South America have recently abolished sodomy laws (except for; Belize, Guyana and Panama? — along with several Caribbean islands, including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago). This trend among Western nations has not been followed in all other regions of the world (Africa, some parts of Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean Islands), where sodomy often remains a serious crime. Homosexual acts remain punishable by death.
BUT not in Turkey, for Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic whose political system was established in 1923. Since then, Turkey has become increasingly integrated with the West through membership in organizations such as the Council of Europe (1949), NATO (1952), OECD (1961), OSCE (1973) and the G20 industrial nations (1999). Turkey began full membership negotiations with the European Union in 2005, having been an associate member of the EEC since 1963, and having reached a customs union agreement in 1995.
The Home Office Country Guidance on Turkey, updated on the 18 April 2007, has no mention regarding Homosexuality but does state that Turkey has “during 2006 incidents of torture and abuse declined but remain a problem”.
Again unfortunately it is religion and “honour” and customs and social acceptance that is racing its ugly head and responsible for such violations/abuse.
Until it is established by all the member states of the EU that Homosexuality is a Fundamental Rights and that sexuality does not make a person any inferior, such volitions and abuse shall be prevalent and acceptable (and Robert could not have stated it better especially as it echoes the statement of our Home Office Minister) and no EU member state should be allowed to pick and chose what is appropriate for them, as it defies equality on all levels.
I’m not sure it’s fair to blame Turkey for this – it is, after all, a ferociously secular state with no legal restrictions against homosexuality.
Self-righteous westerners are very quick to point the finger at non-western nations (and especially Islamic societies) for homophobia and so-called ‘honour killings,’ as though hate-crimes and domestic violence were unknown in our own back-yard. I suppose accusing other countries of having “semi-fascist regimes” (hardly an apt description of the Turkish government, one might think)makes us feel better about our own shortcomings.