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    Turkey Has Highest Documented Rate of Transgender Murders in Europe

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    Turkey has more murders of transgender people than any other European country.

    STRASBOURG (Sputnik) Turkey has reported more murders of transgender people than any other European country, a speaker at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) spring session, currently underway in France, said Tuesday.

    PACE held a preliminary debate on the issue a day before a comprehensive report on discrimination against transgender people in Europe is scheduled to be presented in Strasbourg.

    Thirty-seven killings of transgender people were reported in Turkey between 2008 and 2014, according to a study by the Transgender Europe non-profit organization.

    A part of the 47-nation Council of Europe, the PACE is dedicated to upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The organization's 318 parliamentarians meet four times a year for week-long plenary sessions.

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