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Turkish Cypriot law criminalising homosexuality expected to be repealed by Christmas

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  1. If Turkey is ever to stand a chance of joining the EU, it needs to drag itself out of the dark ages and become civilized.

  2. “All three parties have promised to enact the demineralisation of homosexuality in 1-2 months.”
    Something to get your rocks off to, eh?

    1. Robert Stoddard 11 Oct 2013, 9:44pm

      a modern major mineral….

  3. Is it illegal in the South?

    1. GingerlyColors 12 Oct 2013, 9:39am

      The island of Cyprus retained it’s laws against homosexuality after independence from the UK in 1960. In 1974 Turkey invaded and occupied the northern third of the island. Southern Cyprus did not decriminalise gay sex until 1998, relatively late but had to do so in order to comply with the EHCR and also to join the EU.
      The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is not recognised by any country except for Turkey and Azerbaijan and therefore does not come under ECHR or EU jurisdiction and has been overlooked when it comes to LGBT legislation. The only way is to put pressure on Turkey to put pressure on the occupying authorities on the island. Turkey which is the remnant of the Ottoman Empire has never criminalised homosexuality. Interestingly the Ottoman Empire which was the largest Muslim empire that ever existed at it’s height decriminalised gay sex in 1858. The empire was dissolved following the First World War.

  4. According to her entry in the Wiki., M/s Yannakoudakis is quite active on equality matters.

  5. Sorry. Stupid me. There’s an article further down this page which answers my question. DOH!

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