Originally Appeared in Human Rights Brief:
Human Rights First is urging the international community, including the United States, to condemn and attempt to prevent anti-LGBT legislation in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. Following Russia’s lead, the Kyrgyz parliament has proposed legislation that would prevent promotion of what it deems “non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. In reality, the bill goes much further, including closing gay clubs, further discriminating against pro-gay advocacy organizations, and instituting a potential prison sentence for those who violate the proposed law. Kyrgyzstan would be the seventh former Soviet state to propose or have pending such a bill.
To learn more about this topic:
- United Nations Human Rights Council Res. A/HRC/27/L.27/Rev.1, Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity
- United Nations Human Rights Council Res. A/HRC/17/L.9/Rev.1, Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity (first time UN body recognized LGBT rights)
- Human Rights Watch, “Dispatches: Why Life May Get Even More Difficult for LGBT People in Kyrgyzstan”
- Human Rights Campaign, “Anti-LGBT “Propaganda” Law Introduced In Kyrgyzstan”