Turkey’s new prison plans alarm homosexuals

A participant holds a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in central Istanbul.

Turkish homosexual rights groups expressed alarm at a government-led project to build prisons only for criminals who declare themselves as homosexuals, saying it would lead to more discrimination in the country.

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

“Instead of creating public areas where people from all sexual orientations can live together, the government has once again chosen to ostracize homosexuals,” he added...

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“Homosexual”? Al-Arabiya is clearly way behind the times. That word is now unacceptable.

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