identity or sex work status. In light of systematic violence and exclusion the silence from the political leadership is pouring oil on the fire. The Council of Europe’s LGBT- Recommendations (2010)5 and the Istanbul Convention provide important tools on how to end homo- and transphobia as well as gender-based violence in your country. It is now on you to urgently demonstrate political leadership to instigate legal reform, raise positive awareness to improve the living situation of trans people in Turkey and bring justice to Kemal Ördek.
We ask you to take immediate steps to ensure Kemal Ördek’s safety, to do what is in your power to stop the continuing harassment and threats, and to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.
The behaviour of the police officers from the Esat Police Station needs prompt and full investigation. Those responsible, including those who allowed the abuse to happen, need to be brought to justice.
We call upon you swiftly to instigate a comprehensive and systematic response to ensure the respect for the rule of law and basic human rights of trans people and sex workers. Training programs for police forces need to aim at ending discrimination and abuse against trans people and sex workers.
We will follow the investigation process as well as whether Kemal Ördek will be effectively protected against the threats.
IGLYO – International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organisation
ILGA-Europe – European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
ICRSE – International Committee for the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe
SWAN – Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network
TGEU – Transgender Europe
To read what happened in Kemal Ordek’s own words click Here