Kyrgyzstan’s Following Putin’s Anti-Gay Lead, Parliament Passes Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill

Fountain on Ala-Too Square. Bishkek formerly Frunze. Image via Elena Mirage

Fountain on Ala-Too Square. Bishkek formerly Frunze. Image via Elena Mirage

The Kyrgyzstan National Assembly has passed a new harsh anti-LGBT legislation during its first reading.  According to Radio Free Europe, 79 members of the Kyrgyz parliament voted in favor of the legislation, while seven voted against it.  Two more parliamentary votes are required before the legislation is submitted to Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev who has to sign it before it goes into effect.

According to the HRC: “This legislation, which was proposed in March, emulates Russia’s anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ law.  However, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), this law mandates even harsher punishments, including jail time, for expressing sentiments that could ‘create a positive attitude to unconventional sexual orientation.’  HRW has already documented the increasing brutality against the LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan, and this law would only further isolate the community.”

 

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