Turkey’s gay groups sound alarm over separate prisons plan

Gay rights groups in Turkey expressed alarm Tuesday at a government-led project to build prisons only for criminals who declare themselves gay, saying it would lead to more discrimination in a largely homophobic country.

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Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag announced at the weekend that plans were underway to construct separate prisons for openly gay inmates in a bid to “protect convicts” with different sexual orientations.

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“Convicts who stated that they are gay will not mix with other convicts in the communal area or during social activities in the new prison facilities,” Bozdag said in a written answer to a parliamentary question.

“This is a medieval-age practice. This kind of segregation is nothing but a punishment” said Murat Koylu, a spokesman for the Ankara-based gay rights group Kaos GL.

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