Reports: Another Murder of Transgender Woman in Turkey

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.

Violent attacks on transgender women are the most tragic component of Turkey’s sorry record on LGBTI rights. As Amnesty’s 2013 Annual Report notes:

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.

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