sbmMarina Yannakoudakis: ‘I am pleased that the Turkish Cypriots are backing up their words with deeds’


A Conservative MEP who has been campaigning for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the northern part of Cyprus has welcomed news that an amendment to repeal the ban has been approved by ministers.

Cyprus Today reports that the 13-page Penal Code (Amendment) Law will be sent to the North’s legislature where it would go before the legal and political affairs committee this week.

On a visit to the northern part of Cyprus in 2011, Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative MEP for London received assurances from the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dr Derviş Eroğlu, that he was willing to sign a repeal of the ban on homosexuality into law.

Commenting on the news, she said: “I am pleased that the Turkish Cypriots are backing up their words with deeds, but I shall continue to put pressure on the North until Dr Eroğlu keeps his promise to me and puts his signature on a repeal of the law.

“The northern part of Cyprus is the last part of Europe where it is illegal to be gay. There have been too many miscarriages of justice and a hope that the members of the LGBT community in the North will soon be treated with respect they deserve.”

About shortbusmovement

SHORTBUS MOVEMENT is a civil society initiative consists of Human Rights activists whose roles and positions change during each activity. SHORTBUS is a team of dedicated volunteer individuals who believe that all people are equal, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex or any other status. The group’s center is located in northern part of Cyprus and they aimed to support all the individual or organizational activities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) people of Turkish Community of Cyprus.

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