UN Human Rights Office urges Kyrgyz Parliament to reject amendments to laws which institutionalize discrimination against LGBT community

The UN Human Rights Office in Central Asia today expressed deep concern at the second-stage approval in Parliament of ban on so-called "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations". If adopted, these amendments will entrench in law discrimination against LGBT people.

The proposed changes would infringe on the rights to freedom from discrimination, freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, as well as on the vital work of human rights defenders conducting important advocacy work to protect the rights of individuals including those who are LGBT. These amendments may also fall foul of the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic which provides that “laws that deny or derogate human and civil rights and freedoms shall not be adopted in the Kyrgyz Republic”.  

In addition to targeting the LGBT community, the draft law as it stands would inhibit discussion and access to information on sexual and reproductive health and rights, which is essential for the full enjoyment of the right to health. We strongly encourage the Kyrgyz Republic to stay on the welcome path it has maintained in recent years, and uphold the human rights principles enshrined in the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic which are mirrored in the international treaties it has ratified.” Read More