57 Candidates for Parliament Promise to Protect LGBTI Rights

Edit 09 June 2015: See the following link for an updated list of candidates who signed the LGBTI Rights Pledge, along with the 21 who entered Turkey’s 25th parliament.

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57 candidates for parliament signed SPoD LGBTI’s LGBTI Rights Pledge ahead of the elections and promised to protect LGBT rights. 

57 candidates for parliament from Malatya, Edirne, Izmir, Ankara, and Istanbul have signed the Social Policies, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Studies Association’s (SPoD) LGBTI Rights Pledge ahead of the June 7 parliamentary elections. Among the signatories are Aylin Nazlıaka, Enis Berberoğlu, Sezgin Tanrıkulu, Filiz Kerestecioğlu, Melda Onur, Pınar Aydınlar, Şafak Pavey, and Musa Çam who say that they LGBTIs are not alone in their struggle.

The pledge is part of the LGBTI in Parliament campaign which aims to create visibility on the rights violations of LGBTIs and all human rights and to realize the dream of a Turkey where no one is oppressed because of their identity. The pledge was signed by 33 candidates from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), 22 candidates from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), 1 independent candidate, and 1 candidate from the Anatolia Party. SPoD LGBTI representatives approached the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) for the LGBTI Rights Pledge but did not get a response from either.

Below is a list of the candidates who have signed the pledge so far:

  1. Ahmet Akar, MP Candidate for Malatya from HDP
  2. Aydın Erdoğan, MP Candidate for Malatya from HDP
  3. Aylin Nazlıaka, MP Candidate for Ankara from CHP
  4. Betül Kurnaz Kılınç, MP Candidate for Malatya from HDP
  5. Çilem Öz, MP Candidate for Mersin from HDP
  6. Elif Bulut, MP Candidate for Istanbul from HDP
  7. Elif Şahsın Sırlıoğlu, MP Candidate for Istanbul from HDP
  8. Enis Berberoğlu, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  9. Erdal Ataş, MP Candidate for Istanbul from HDP
  10. Filiz Kerestecioğlu, MP Candidate for Istanbul from HDP
  11. Gül Yüksel, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  12. Gülsüm Ağaoğlu, MP Candidate for Istanbul from HDP
  13. Hasan Şimşek, MP Candidate for Edirne from HDP
  14. Hülya İmak, MP Candidate for Istanbul from HDP
  15. Hülya Yer, MP Candidate for Edirne from HDP
  16. İnan Güney, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  17. İnciser Alptekin, MP Candidate for Istanbul from HDP
  18. Latife Ulutaş, MP Candidate for Malatya from HDP
  19. Mahmut Karabulut, MP Candidate for Mersin from HDP
  20. Melda Onur, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  21. Necdet Bali, MP Candidate for Malatya from HDP
  22. Perihan Yücekaya, MP Candidate for Malatya from HDP
  23. Pınar Aydınlar, MP Candidate for Izrim from HDP
  24. Pınar Türk, MP Candidate for Izmir from HDP
  25. Sedat Zımba, MP Candidate for Edirne from HDP
  26. Selin Sayek Böke, MP Candidate for Izmir from CHP
  27. Selina Doğan, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  28. Semra Uzunok, MP Candidate for Izmir from HDP
  29. Ülkü Yalçınkaya, MP Candidate for Izmir from HDP
  30. Zelal Demir, MP Candidate for Ankara from HDP
  31. Özlem Şen, MP Candidate for Mersin from HDP
  32. Ali Tanrıverdi, MP Candidate for Mersin from HDP
  33. Güven Atabay, MP Candidate for Ordu from HDP
  34. Şafak Pavey, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  35. Zeynep Altıok, MP Candidate for Izmir from CHP
  36. Musa Çam, MP Candidate for Izmir from CHP
  37. Deva Özenen, MP Candidate for Izmir from Anadolu Party
  38. Ali Haydar Konca, MP Candidate for Kocaeli from HDP
  39. Sevda Özer, MP Candidate for Kocaeli from HDP
  40. Batuhan Aydagül, MP Candidate for Istanbul, Independent
  41. Hülya Güntaş, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  42. Sezgin Tanrıkulu, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  43. Çetin Soysal, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  44. Güven Karataş, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  45. Didem Engin, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  46. Çiğdem Anad, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  47. Perihan Ülge, MP Candidate for Denizli from HDP
  48. Asiye Kolçak, MP Candidate for Bursa from HDP
  49. Rüstem Avcı, MP Candidate for Bursa from HDP
  50. M. Deniz Büyük, MP Candidate for Bursa from HDP
  51. Osman Taney Korutürk, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  52. Murad Mıhçı, MP Candidate for Istanbul from HDP
  53. Oğuz Kaan Salıcı, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  54. İlhan Cihaner, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  55. Aykut Erdoğdu, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  56. Dursun Çiçek, MP Candidate for Istanbul from CHP
  57. Feride Elçin, MP Candidate for Istanbul from HDP

MEHTAP DOĞAN, Media Director

Media Partner Communication Consultancy

mehtapdogan@mpiletisim.com

 

Edit 09 June 2015: See the following link for an updated list of candidates who signed the LGBTI Rights Pledge, along with the 21 who entered Turkey’s 25th parliament.

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