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Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev and Russian President Vladimir Putin. AP Photo/Sultan Dosaliyev, Kyrgyz Presidential Press Service
Russian-Style "Gay Propaganda" Law Introduced In Kyrgyzstan

in KYRGYZSTAN, 29/03/2014

A bill that would make it a crime to establish “a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual relationships” has been introduced in the ex-Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan. If passed, the law would impose a sentence of up to one year in jail.

The legislation, introduced to parliament on Wednesday, goes beyond Russia’s “homosexual propaganda” law, which prohibits “promoting non-traditional sexual relationships for minors” and is punishable by a fine. The Kyrgyz bill would make any statement that could create “a positive attitude to unconventional sexual orientation” a crime punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year for found guilty of doing so through the internet, telecommunications, or the media.

“The goal of this bill is the safety and protection of the traditional family, and the human, moral and historical values of Kyrgyz society, by limiting the spread of information comprising the formation of positive attitudes to nontraditional forms of sexual relations,” the bill reads.

The bill seeks to limit “the spread of media, photos, video, written materials that include open and hidden calls to nontraditional sexual relations (homosexuality, lesbianism and other forms of nontraditional sexual behavior.” It also seeks to restrict “the organization of and participation in peaceful gatherings that aim to make available to society any information regarding positions on any form of nontraditional sexual relations.”

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