Thursday, 09 October 2014 17:10

A Committee Of The Parliament Of Kyrgyzstan Approved The "Gay Propaganda" Ban

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Today, October 9, the parliament of Kyrgyzstan will vote on the “gay propaganda”.

Unfortunately, there is a very high chance that this bill be approved by parliament because the committee has approved in parliament Tuesday.

However, this project has a difference from the Russian law because even journalists can be convicted of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”. Freedom of the press is about to disappear.

Anyone, so including journalists, could be sentenced to one year in prison.

Moreover, unlike Russia, where there are associations for LGBT rights, the Kyrgyzstan law will prohibit them.

Kyrgyz LGBT activist Akram Kubanychbekov, a member of the group Trans* Coalition on Post-Soviet Space, told BuzzFeed News that violence against LGBT people has risen since the draft legislation was first introduced. “Some people think that the bill became a law … and they will not be punished by the government,” he wrote in an e-mail.