U.S. raps Kyrgyzstan for proposed 'gay propaganda' law

Published: October 13, 2014

Olga Dzyubenko

(Reuters) – The United States has condemned Kyrgyzstan for planning to adopt legislation to ban "gay propaganda", saying the law discriminates and will hurt the Central Asian nation’s fragile civil society.

Last week Kyrgyzstan’s parliament started debating changes to the nation’s legislation which propose introducing tougher punishment for "popularizing homosexual relations" and "propaganda of a homosexual way of life".
The new bill proposes to slap fines or prison terms of up to one year on those "forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual relations" among minors or in mass media.

"No one should be silenced or imprisoned because of who they are or whom they love. Laws that discriminate against one group of people threaten the fundamental rights of all people," the U.S. embassy in Kyrgyzstan said in a statement.

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