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No justice for trans Turkish woman murdered last year

A year after her death, the murder of Hande Kader is still unsolved and the push for LGBTI rights around it has quieted.

“It has been a year since the death of transgender sex worker Hande Kader and not a single suspect has been found and brought before the law,” reads a petition on, one of Turkey’s most widely used protest websites.

The petition is the latest in a year-long campaign launched by transgender activist Deniz Sapka, who has been trying to keep up the pressure to bring Kader's killers to justice. The tone of this last petition reflects the frustration of Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community with the justice system regarding the death of 22-year-old Kader, who was burned, mutilated and killed a year ago after she was seen getting in a car with one or more clients in downtown Istanbul. Her body was found 10 days later.

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