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“I am in pain. I do not want to hide. I want to be free and equal” said one of the writers to special LGBT Issue published for International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17th of May, 2015.

The recent amendment to abolish the centuries old Penal Code in the north part of the island has received a loud applause and ovation from the international community. It also created a sense of euphoria for LGBTQI community in North. Homosexuality was considered to be sodomy under British Colonial rule and can lead to arbitrary arrest and imprisonment. Abolishment and amendment of this archaic code was an incredible step ahead providing a room for manoeuvring for LGBT community.

 

We believe as Envision Diversity that this is an opportunity and an important step towards ensuring that LGBT people are not subject to any inhumane and antidemocratic discrimination and exclusion in the society. Our mission starts now. We need to able to see that this move removes a big hurdle and it creates an excellent window to leap ahead in ensuring more rights, more equality and less discrimination for LGBT people, refugees, asylum seekers, women, migrants, those from other ethnic, religious and national background, social class and colour.

We must also stress that heavy discrimination, widespread racism and xenophobia, physical and verbal violence, harassment, assault, familial oppression, defamation, libelling, bullying at public institutions, physical and verbal abuse are rife, prevalent and persevering.   This is not democratic nor is it consistent with international law on fundamental and human rights.

We must stress that there still exist a large and rampant homophobia, transphobia and discrimination against LGBTI community in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus which aggregately violates UN, EU and other international legal instrument which TRNC is a signatory. 

 

This infringes basic political, social, cultural and economic rights of LGBTIQ people in TRNC and hinders their enjoyment of citizenship rights as equal members of society without any discrimination and prejudice.

 

We demand that TRNC government should eradicate all sorts of discrimination, homophobia and transphobia and ensure equality of LGBTQI fully without any reservation.

 

We must all stand against DISCIMNATION AND ALL SORTS OF PHOBIAS. WE MUST CELEBRATE OUR DIVERSITY

The recent amendment to abolish the centuries old Penal Code in the north part of the island has received a loud applause and ovation from the international community. It also created a sense of euphoria for LGBTQI community in North. Homosexuality was considered to be sodomy under British Colonial rule and can lead to arbitrary arrest and imprisonment. Abolishment and amendment of this archaic code was an incredible step ahead providing a room for manoeuvring for LGBT community.

 

We believe as Envision Diversity that this is an opportunity and an important step towards ensuring that LGBT people are not subject to any inhumane and antidemocratic discrimination and exclusion in the society. Our mission starts now. We need to able to see that this move removes a big hurdle and it creates an excellent window to leap ahead in ensuring more rights, more equality and less discrimination for LGBT people, refugees, asylum seekers, women, migrants, those from other ethnic, religious and national background, social class and colour.

We must also stress that heavy discrimination, widespread racism and xenophobia, physical and verbal violence, harassment, assault, familial oppression, defamation, libelling, bullying at public institutions, physical and verbal abuse are rife, prevalent and persevering.   This is not democratic nor is it consistent with international law on fundamental and human rights.

We must stress that there still exist a large and rampant homophobia, transphobia and discrimination against LGBTI community in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus which aggregately violates UN, EU and other international legal instrument which TRNC is a signatory. 

 

This infringes basic political, social, cultural and economic rights of LGBTIQ people in TRNC and hinders their enjoyment of citizenship rights as equal members of society without any discrimination and prejudice.

 

We demand that TRNC government should eradicate all sorts of discrimination, homophobia and transphobia and ensure equality of LGBTQI fully without any reservation.

 

We must all stand against DISCIMNATION AND ALL SORTS OF PHOBIAS. WE MUST CELEBRATE OUR DIVERSITY

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