Incitement to violence against LGBT people in Turkey of "deep concern"

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Deep concern has been expressed by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) over recent attacks, discriminatory treatment and incitement to violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Turkey.

OHCHR says these incidents follow reports that the police had used unwarranted force against individuals who were peacefully assembling and participating in the recent 13th Istanbul LGBT Pride Parade.

The UN says equality and non-discrimination are core principles of international human rights law and must be respected by all nations.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN human rights office is calling on the Turkish authorities to take active measures to combat homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination. 

OHCHR says it is critical for authorities to prevent impunity for these human rights violations through prompt, effective, independent and impartial investigations. 

Here's Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN human rights office. 

"In the past two weeks alone, reported incidents included the appearance of posters in Ankara encouraging the murder of LGBT people; a violent homophobic attack against a group of young gay men in Istanbul; as well as rape, assault and robbery against a human rights defender and founder of the Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association. 

Mr Colville added that allegations of police officers attempting to dissuade the victim from filing a complaint are also "worrisome." 

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations. 

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