Murder of Trans Woman Sparks Peaceful Protest in Istanbul

Peaceful protests have been sparked in Istanbul, as residents protest for justice after the trans woman Hande Kader was murdered.

The protesters gathered with signs, chants and provocative imagery after Kader’s burned body was discovered in a forest after she went missing.

According to reports, opposition MPs even attended the protest, which is a very rare instance for LGBT activists in Instanbul.


Kader was last seen entering a client’s car one night, as she was a sex worker, but no arrests have been made so far in the case.

Ebru Kiranci, spokeswoman for Istanbul’s LGBTI Solidarity Association, said: “We will not stop until we find those responsible for Hande Kader’s murder.”


This is the second murder of a LGBT to take place in Turkey this year, as in July we saw the loss of gay man Muhammad Wisam Sankari. So far this year, there have been 24 transgender people murdered worldwide, a depressing increase from last’s year figure of 20.

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Murder of Trans Woman Sparks Peaceful Protest in Istanbul
The murder of trans woman Hande Kader has sparked peaceful protests in Istanbul.