Gay rights groups in Turkey voiced dismay Friday that proposed legislation fails to make it a hate crime to target people because of their sexual orientation.
“The definition of hate crime must immediately be broadened. The government has to guarantee our right to live,” Ebru Kiranci, an official from Istanbul’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) association, told AFP.
Reforms contained in a so-called “democratisation package” call for jail terms of between one and three years for crimes based on race, nationality, skin colour, gender, disability, political views, beliefs or religion.
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