2014-10-16 15:39:00

Kyrgyz parliament passes bill banning "gay propaganda" at 1st reading

Bishkek, October 16, Interfax - The Kyrgyz parliament adopted legislative amendments in the first reading that ban the spread of any information forming a "positive attitude toward a homosexual way of life", a parliamentary spokesman told Interfax on Thursday.

These amendments will be introduced into the country's Penal Code, Code of Administrative Offences, as well as the laws on peaceful assemblies and the media, he said.

Kyrgyz parliamentarians have proposed restricting "the spread in the media and the Internet of photos, videos and texts overtly or covertly calling for homosexual relations - gay, lesbian and other forms of unconventional sexual conduct." All persons convicted of these offences will face prison terms or administrative sanctions.

The authors of the bill also said that this document was "aimed at protecting family values in the republic because, with the help of massive propaganda, the number of gays and lesbians keeps growing in the republic, thereby disrupting society's traditional concepts and beliefs."

Earlier this week, the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan voiced concern over a parliamentary debate on a bill banning the spread of information about homosexuals and assigning "foreign agent" status to non-governmental organizations funded from abroad. The embassy also said that the new document posed a "fundamental threat to human rights, democratic achievements and constitutional guarantees in Kyrgyzstan."