Target: President Almazbek Atambayev
Goal: Prosecute the police responsible for abusing gay and bisexual men
In Kyrgyzstan, the police are abusing, extorting, detaining, beating, and threatening gay and bisexual men. Despite the nation decriminalizing consensual sex between men, police still continue to discriminate and abuse them. All police who are responsible for such violence should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and condemned for their actions.
A 65-page report conducted by the Human Rights Watch found that gay and bisexual men have been subjected to physical, sexual, and psychological abuse from the police. The police scout their victims through dating websites, parks, gay clubs, and hotel rooms. Victims are then abused and detained by the police, and threats are made not just to the gay and bisexual men, but also to their friends and family. Kyrgyzstan’s government should do everything possible to prosecute the offenders and condemn them for their actions.
Human Rights Watch has documented cases of severe physical violence against these men, with police beating the men up with beer bottles, batons, gun butts, or kicking and punching. The police confiscate the phones of these victims, where they find friends and family members on the contact list to extort money from. If the victim does not comply, then the police will report the victim’s sexual orientation to friends and family in the hopes of cutting him off from the community. The police have also been known to detain victims, undress them, rape them, or attempt to place sticks, hammers, or electric shock devices into the victim’s anus.
Unfortunately gay and bisexual men are easy targets for police because of the deep social conservatism in the country. Victims of these abuses have gone to the Supreme Court for help, but the government has refused to do so. Please help these people whose voices are being silenced. The LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan need our voices to make change happen in their country.
Dear President Almazbek Atambayev,
It has come to my attention that gay and bisexual men in your country are being repeatedly abused and targeted by the police. These men are being illegally detained, beaten, raped, and extorted for money. The police hunt down these men in a very disturbing manner, whether it be looking for their victims at parks, gay clubs, hotel rooms or on dating websites. While the country has decriminalized consensual sex between men, the nation has not embraced the law as a culture nor has the police.
All police forces who are responsible for these abuses must to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and be removed from service. People who beat innocent people for their sexual orientation should not be upholding the law, they should be in jail. Many of these victims have come to the courts for help and they have been denied assistance. I am signing this petition to help aid their cause and demand for justice.
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