A number of media outlets have reported yet another murder of a transgender woman in Turkey, this time in the tourist town of Kusadasi. According to reports, Dora Özer was brutally murdered in a knife attack.
The government rejected civil society calls to include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited discrimination grounds in the new Constitution. No progress was made in adopting comprehensive non-discrimination legislation. LGBTI rights groups continued to report suspected hate murders motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including the murders of five transgender women.