Thursday, 30 May 2013

H.Ç. v Turkey - update on TRNC legislation

The draft legislation that would repeal Articles 171, 172 and 173 of the Criminal Code of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which currently criminalise certain homosexual acts between consenting adult males, is available from the Assembly of the Republic. 

The legislation would repeal the male homosexual offences entirely and therefore satisfy the complaint made in H.Ç. v Turkey.

The legislation also contains an interesting further provision relating to sexual orientation. The draft Bill proposes a new article (152) relating to hate crime and sexual orientation:

'Her kim cinsel tercih ve cinsel yaşamından dolayı, bir kişiyi yasa dışı  bir uygulamaya maruz bırakırsa ve/veya cinsel tercih ve cinsel yaşamlarından dolayı hakaret ederse veya onu nefret edilen veya tiksindirilen durumuna düşürürse cinsel tercihe yönelik nefret suçu işlemiş olur ve  mahkumiyeti haline üç  yıla kadar hapis cezasına çarptırılabilir'.

If any Turkish reader of this blog can post an English translation of this I would be most grateful!

  


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