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Conservative paper attacked Turkish MPs who attended LGBTI conference

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Conservative newspaper Milli Gazete attacked the Turkish MPs who attended the basic rights and LGBTI conference held in Tirana by the European Parliament.
 
Turkish LGBTI activists together with Nursuna Memecan and Binnaz Toprak
 
Turkish MPs Nursuna Memecan from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Binnaz Toprak from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) were in the Albanian capital on November 20-21 to participate in the conference titled “Fundamental Rights, Non-Discrimination and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups, Including LGBTI”.
 
Homophobic coverage caused three MPs to withdraw participation
 
Following Milli Gazete reporting on the event as “Parliament gives pass for immorality” three MPs, Mehmet Metiner and Ziver Ozdemir from the AKP and Ruhsar Demirel from the nationalist MHP, withdrew their participation.
 
Milli Gazete today reported on the conference full page with a title “Call to Morality”, calling Islamic groups to speak up against the LGBTI “disgrace”.
 
The paper wrote that the AKP MP “was boarded the same plane secretly” to attend the "conference of perversion" and that the CHP MP’s criticism on the paper’s coverage is a “medal of honor”.
 
AKP MP: LGBTI people should be acknowledged their rights
 
Both MPs talked with Kaos GL Association’s lawyer Hayriye Kara, who also participated in the event, and commented on LGBTI rights.
 
Nursuna Memecan from the AKP said “LGBTI people should be acknowledged their rights and live in dignity”, celebrating the work of civil society in Turkey on LGBTI rights.
 
Binnaz Toprak from the CHP criticized the government for not complying with international conventions it signed off and added: “We should fight for everyone facing discrimination.”
 
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