Kyrgyz Mufti Issues Fatwa Against Gays, Challenges HRW

Published: January 30, 2014

BISHKEK — Kyrgyzstan’s acting grand mufti, Maksat Hajji Toktomushev, has issued a fatwa against same-sex relations and challenged the findings of a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). 

 In a statement placed on the Kyrgyz Muslims’ Spiritual Directorate website on January 30, Toktomushev said Islam absolutely forbids same-sex relations.
 Homosexuality was decriminalized in Kyrgyzstan in 1998.
 Responding to a January 29 HRW report on the treatment of homosexuals by Kyrgyz police, Toktomushev called on Kyrgyz authorities and the parliament "to pay special attention to the activities of some public organizations that disseminate social discord while using humanistic ideas."
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