Rights Violations in 2017

They injured a trans woman with a pump rifle and forced her home!

In Ankara two men and one woman attacked a trans sex worker with a pump rifle, then forced the wounded trans woman to a house. They then dropped her off at a hospital following a taxi driver’s insistence.

Source: Kaos GL, “Trans kadını tüfekle yaralayıp zorla eve götürdüler!” (“They injured a trans woman with a pump rifle and forced her home!”), 16 January 2017, http://kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=22833transfobiksaldirilaradur

A trans woman sex worker suffered an armed attack on Ankara’s Libya Street on the night between January 15 and January 16. The attacker disappeared after injuring the trans woman in the leg with a pump rifle. The trans woman’s treatment at Ankara Numune Hospital is ongoing.

The statement of the trans woman, who was shot in her right leg, was taken towards morning by policemen from the Ankara Çankaya District Police Department, in the room she was staying in, with the participation of Pembe Hayat Association’s lawyer Rıza Yalçın Koçak.

They injured her with a rifle and forced her home!

In a news report from Pembe Hayat, the trans woman who suffered the attack explained what she went through as follows:

“I earn my living by doing sex work. At around 2:30 AM a taxi I didn’t recognize stopped in front of me. They said that they wanted to meet with me. In the vehicle, aside from the taxi driver, there were two men and one woman. The person speaking to me was very drunk. I didn’t accept [the offer to] stay in the car. After this [the individual] got out of the car and shot at my leg with a pump rifle. Then they forced me into the car and brought me to a house. Here, upon seeing that my wound was large and that I had lost an excessive amount of blood, they took me to Numune Hospital at the insistence of the taxi driver. I am filing a complaint and opening a lawsuit against the transphobic attacker, whose name I learned is Uğur, the other man whose name I know to be Aliş, and the woman by their side who was helping them.”

Attackers wanted

Doctors remarked that the trans woman who suffered the attack would undergo treatment for at least 15 days following surgery.

The eyewitness taxi driver was reached thanks to other trans sex workers, and his statement was taken at the Çankaya Police Department. Efforts to catch the attackers are ongoing.

 

Fashion Designer Barbaros Şansal Arrested for Social Media Video

Fashion designer Barbaros Şansal, who was taken into custody following his deportation back to Turkey due to his posts on social media, was arrested by the court he was taken after the prosecutor’s interrogation.

Source: BBC Türkçe, “Modacı Barbaros Şansal tutuklandı” (“Fashion Designer Barbaros Şansal is Arrested”), 3 January 2017, http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-dunya-38496401

Şansal’s attorney Efkan Bolaç announced the arrest warrant on his Twitter account.

Barbaros Şansal’s arrest was demanded under the accusation of “Public incitement for hatred and hostility or insult.”

In his statement to the prosecutor regarding his tweet subjected to the accusations, Şansal said “My purpose here was to draw attention to unjust treatment to which people of three different beliefs are subjected. No discriminatory, hateful and spiteful language is used.”

Doğan Haber Ajansı (DHA) [Doğan News Agency –Trans.] reported that fashion designer Şansal gave the following testimony regarding the aforementioned video:

“I had given an interview to a website called Reportare on 19 October 2015. The headline of this interview was “Drown in your s…, Turkey.” I shared these words in the video as a satire against discrimination. This was followed by insults on the phone by hackers. I have shut down all my accounts and communication because of this. I have no means of communication since January 1, 2017. I do not accept the accusations.”

Attack on Barbaros Şansal on the Airstairs

‘We could not contain our nationalistic feelings’

On the other hand, it has been reported that at least eight more people’s statement were taken regarding the attack Barbaros Şansal was subjected to on Monday evening at Istanbul Atatürk airport.

Among the people whose involvement in the attack were confirmed by their employers are three personnels of the ground crew company TGS [Turkish Ground Services — Trans.] who are now subject to an administrative investigation. It has been reported that total of 12 TGS ground crew were interrogated.

According to reports on Doğan News Agency, one of the suspects delivered the following statement “We could not contain our nationalistic feelings. We shouted. We could not do anything due to the police shield.”

Devlet Hava Meydanları İşletmesi (DHMİ) [State Airports Administration –Trans.] announced that an investigation has been started regarding the attack on the apron. DHMİ’s statement included the following expression: “There is no question of negligence and weakness on our General Administration’s part.”

Akıncı: Lynch attempt should make us all think

Meanwhile, the leader of Northern Cyprus Mustafa Akıncı made a statement on the deportation of fashion designer Barbaros Şansal following the video he shared on social media and the consequent attack at the airport.

Akıncı stated that the deportation decision is based on an earlier decision made by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and added that “Even though, it is impossible to approve of Barbaros Şansal’s sensational discourses, the deportation decision turning into a lynching attempt should make us all think deeply.”

Akıncı continued in his written statement as follows:

“This event may not have taken place in our country. However, I watch the attempts to plant the seeds of hatred, spite and lynch culture in our own country and society with a grave worry. We should not give hate, spite and lych culture a chance.

Law is the foundation of protecting, defining, and expanding the borders of freedom of expression. Lynch culture replacing the law is the biggest enemy of polyphonic democratic pluralist community life. What we need is for pluralist democratic constitutional state and community life to become enshrined, advance and improve; not for lynch culture to replace it.”

Editor’s note: Barbaros Şansal is an openly gay fashion designer and a public figure based in İstanbul.