The anti-gay propaganda bill closely resembles the existing laws in Russia, and has been approved by the Human Rights Committee in the Kyrgyz parliament. The bill makes it a crime to disseminate information ‘aimed at forming positive attitudes toward non-traditional sexual relations’. It also completely bans ‘the organization of and participation in peaceful gatherings’ that could be seen to be promoting homosexuality. Anyone found guilty could face up to a year in prison.
IGLYO fears that the bill will not only legalise institutionalised homophobia, but it will also gravely increase hate crimes and hate speech against LGBTQ people in the Central Asian republic. The bill takes away the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, which will affect access to information and support for LGBTQ young people.
IGLYO is particularly concerned about the further marginalisation and social exclusion that Kyrgyz LGBTQ youth will face as a result of the bill, as it legitimises school bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Such discrimination is recognised by the UN, as well as various state and non-state actors, as a violation of the human right to education, a universal right that all governments must actively guarantee for all citizens.
We condemn these undemocratic and disgraceful actions by the Kyrgyz parliament, especially the Human Rights Committee, who are consciously limiting the freedom, human rights, safety and dignity of their people.
We call our member organisations and fellow activists to spread information on this draconian bill on social media, and to speak up, and join online and offline demonstrations of support for LGBTQ activists in Kyrgyzstan. If you want to know more, get in touch with the Kyrgyz human rights activists below;
-Dastan Kasmamytov (Danik), email@example.com
-Ruslan Kim, firstname.lastname@example.org
-Syinat Sultanalieva, email@example.com
-Amir Mukambetov, firstname.lastname@example.org