Target: Almazbek Atambayev, President of Kyrgyzstan,
Goal: Withdraw bill criminalizing gay rights education and advocacy
Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has recently drafted a bill that would criminalize gay rights activism. The bill would make spreading information about “non-traditional sexual relations,” including homosexuality, illegal, in the media and otherwise. Backers of the bill claim that it is to safeguard the traditional morals and family values of Kyrgyz society.
If passed, the bill could prevent sexual health education groups and gay rights activists from working to protect those in need. It will also restrict the organization of peaceful assemblies aiming to make publicly available any positive information on “non-traditional” sexual orientations.
Those found to be perpetuating “a positive attitude toward nontraditional sexual orientation” could be faced with various punishments, including six months in prison and a fine of 2,000 to 5,000 Kyrgyz som ($55-$100.) The bill will hold responsible any organizations or media outlets that disseminate pro-gay or gay-neural information, putting them at risk of shutdown by the government.
The bill is in direct contention with International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which it is a party. The covenant guarantees each citizen the right to freedom of expression, assembly, speech, and expression.
If passed, the bill will limit the rights of the LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan, who are already severely ostracized and face daily violence. The bill will only serve to perpetuate homophobic behavior, leading to further stigmatization. Demand that the draconian and backward bill be withdrawn immediately, and that all rights be restored to homosexuals in Kyrgyzstan.
Dear Almazbek Atambayev, President of Kyrgyzstan,
Recently, members of Kyrgyzstan’s parliament proposed a bill to criminalize gay advocacy, as well as AIDS prevention information. Under the pretense of safeguarding traditional values and morals, the bill will take away the rights of the LGBT community to freely assemble and express themselves. Punishable by six months in prison or a hefty fine, the bill would see all media or organizations refrain from publishing any information that could be seen as supportive to “non-traditional” sexual orientations.
The bill’s provisions would abridge the rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Kyrgyzstan is a party. It will perpetuate the rampant homosexual attitude in the country, pushing gay rights backwards for generations to come. I demand that this draconian bill be repealed, and that it receive no consideration by parliament.
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