Friday, July 08, 2005

IMPRISONED GAY TURK WINS CONCESSIONS AFTER HUNGER STRIKE

A Turkish gay activist has won major improvements in his prison conditions following a 28-day hunger strike and an international protest campaign by gay and anti-war groups worldwide, but Mehmet Tarhan remains in detention following his refusal to be conscripted into the Turkish army.

"The armed forces of Turkey are currently engaged in a brutal, dirty war against the Kurdish minority -- often involving massacres, torture and detention without trial," said Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group OutRage!, which is backing Tarhan's refusal of military service.

"We support Mehmet's refusal to serve in the homophobic Turkish army and his refusal to fight an unjust war against the Kurdish people. His defiance of the Turkish military authorities is heroic and inspirational," said Tatchell.

Tatchell said Mehmet is in grave danger, and that opponents of the Turkish armed forces are often tortured and sometimes murdered.

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