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Gaziantep_TurkeyA  26-year-old gay man has been stabbed to death by his brother in Gaziantep in southern Turkey on Wednesday last week, according to reports from local news sources and Gay Star News.

Burhan Tatli was murdered by his 14-year-old younger brother, reported Turkish news website Sabah. The alleged murderer cut his brother’s throat and stabbed him four times on different parts of his body.

It is claimed the 14-year-old had been a victim of bullying because of his brother’s sexuality.

Turkish LGBT activist Kemal Ordek said: ‘this portrays how this system and morals turn a child into a murderer’.

Amnesty International’s work with LGBT people in Turkey led Andrew Gardner, Amnesty’s researcher on Turkey to say:

“The pervasive prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Turkey and the fear of ostracism and attacks, means that many feel compelled to conceal their sexual orientation, even from their families.

“Homophobic statements by government officials have encouraged discrimination against individuals.

“It is the responsibility of all the parties in the Parliament to ensure that any new constitutional settlement in Turkey outlaws discrimination on grounds of sexuality or gender identity.

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