- March 28, 2014
Post submitted by Noah Montague, HRC Global Engagement Intern
This Wednesday, an anti-LGBT bill was introduced in the parliament of Kyrgyzstan that would criminalize the promotion of homosexuality. If passed, those who openly support LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan could face up to a year of imprisonment.
The recent legislation of the former Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan comes shortly after the passage of numerous pieces of anti-LGBT legislation in Russia, most notably the "homosexual propaganda" law. The bill in Kyrgyzstan, while similar to legislation in Russia, heightens the scope and the penalty of the offense for pro-LGBT action. The legislation in Kyrgyzstan would make it a crime to make any statement that could be seen in a manner of promoting any "unconventional" sexual orientation in a positive way. The Russian law pales in comparison -- making such actions an administrative offense primarily punishable by fines.
Through this legislation, individuals in Kyrgyzstan making any statements that could be interpreted to condone LGBT individuals, families, or communities would result in a one year prison sentence. Additionally, the proposed law encompasses numerous forms of speech and communication including the internet and media.
The bill has a 30-day comment period before it is officially reviewed and debated by members of Kyrgyzstan’s parliament.