The Pink Certificate

There's a Turkish saying that every man is born a soldier; and in Turkey every man is conscripted for military service of up to 15 months.

There is no alternative to this; Turkey does not recognise the concept of conscientious objection.

But one group of people is exempt - homosexuals.

Their presence in the army is deemed damaging to morale and operational effectiveness.

But the process by which homosexual men are asked to prove their sexual orientation is arbitrary and humiliating.

Emre Azizlerli lifts the lid on the only country within the Nato military alliance to discriminate against homosexuals in this way.

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Sat 31 Mar 2012 18:05 GMT

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