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Turkey's opposition party requests LGBT rights inquiry

Opposition party says the police are failing to protect LGBT people in Turkey
Binnaz Toprak, Istanbul deputy of CHP, Turkey's main opposition party

The main opposition party in Turkey has requested that the government start a parliamentary inquiry into LGBT rights.

Binnaz Toprak, Istanbul deputy of the Republican People's Party (CHP) said the Turkish authorities were failing to prevent discrimination against LGBT people and protect them from violence.

'One of the biggest complaints of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals is the attitude shown by the police toward them,' said Toprak, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

'The police may sometimes use unlawful methods against them. [For that reason] these communities, which form a significant part of our society, are feeling unsafe.'

Last month a European Union progress report on Turkey said the country needed to do more to protect its LGBT citizens, such as include them in a current draft Anti-Discrimination Bill.

According to the Trans Murder Monitoring Project, Turkey has by far the highest number of reported murders of transgender people than any other in Europe.

Activitists complain that the police do not seriously investigate violence against transgender women.  

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