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Bishkek (AKIpress) - A discriminatory and stigmatizing draft bill to curtail lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights should be withdrawn from Kyrgyzstan’s parliament, Human Rights Watch said in its statement on March 27.
The bill was published online for public discussion.
Such a law would infringe on freedom of expression, association, and assembly rights, and discriminate against Kyrgyzstan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, HRW said.
“This draconian bill is blatantly discriminatory against LGBT people and would deny citizens across Kyrgyzstan their fundamental rights,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The sponsors of this homophobic bill should withdraw it immediately, and the government and political parties should speak out against such legislation, making clear it has no place in Kyrgyzstan.”
The Human Rights Watch said the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which is due to consider Kyrgyzstan’s application for special “Partnership for Democracy” status with it on April 8, should send a strong message that the bill is unacceptable, and make clear that partnership status is wholly incompatible with legislation of this kind.