Kyrgyz Parliament considering homophobic ‘anti-propaganda’ law

On 26 March, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan published a draft bill that would impose tough sanctions for any speech or action leading to “a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual relations”, i.e. non-heterosexual relationships.

The draft is one of the most sweeping ‘anti-propaganda’ bills ever published. It would amend the Criminal Code, the Code of Administrative Responsibility, the Law on Peaceful Assembly and the Law on Mass Media.

Similar to existing laws in Russia, the draft seeks to limit the dissemination of information on different sexual orientations, restrict the right to freedom of assembly for LGBT people, and prohibit ‘propaganda’.  Those found guilty will be punished with fines and up to 6 months in prison.

The bill was condemned by the two rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe responsible for relations with Kyrgyzstan and for LGBT issues, Andreas Gross and Robert Biedroń.

Read more at the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights official webpage