Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan is doing all it can in both word and deed to institutionalize anti-gay discrimination despite the UN calling on lawmakers to reject an anti-gay law as well as objections from some countries such as the United States.
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights called on the Kyrgyz Parliament to refrain from passing the draft legislation that would discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.
“Everyone is entitled to equality before the law, without any discrimination, and it is the State’s responsibility to protect all individuals from discrimination. We thus urge the authorities not to pass this law,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for that UN office told reporters in Geneva.
Shamdasani said the proposed law would violate fundamental human rights, including the rights to liberty, security and physical integrity and to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. “These rights are protected by human rights treaties ratified by Kyrgyzstan,” she pointed out.
UN human rights agencies have already expressed concerns about discrimination and violence against LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan.“The draft law adds to those concerns and may lead to further violations,” noted Shamdasani.
The United States embassy in Kyrgyzstan has condemned local lawmakers for planning to adopt anti-gay laws that it says will only perpetrate discrimination and jeopardize the Central Asian nation’s fragile civil society structure
Kyrgyzstan authorities also did nothing to stop a mob of anti-gay protestors from barricading the doors at a local nightclub and shut down a scheduled performance by Kazaky, the Ukrainian boy band famous for performing in stilettos and leather harnesses.
According to concert organizer Danil Mishin, the police “shrugged their shoulders and did nothing” about the incident.
This comes just after lawmakers passed the first of three voting on the proposed “gay-propaganda ban” law.
“Vaguely worded anti-gay legislation in Kyrgyzstan could send a reporter to jail for discussing homosexual rights, force LGBT-rights activists underground, and encourage violence against the community,” reported eurasianet.org.
Under the draft legislation, anyone who creates “a positive attitude toward non-traditional sexual relations” would face up to a year in jail, it added.
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