Kyrgyzstan Comes Closer to Passing ’Homosexual Propaganda’ Bill
A bill that mirrors Russia’s highly controversial "homosexual propaganda" law inches closer to becoming a reality in Kyrgyzstan as the Central Asian country’s human rights committee approved the measure this week, BuzzFeed reports.
If the bill becomes law it will make it a crime to spread information "aimed at forming positive attitudes toward non-traditional sexual relations" to minors. Those who violate the law would be subjected to fines of about $115 (more than half the average monthly salary in Kyrgyzstan) and up to a year in prison.
BuzzFeed notes that Kyrgyzstan has remained a poor country ever since gaining independence after the Soviet Union collapsed. The country’s government accepts both U.S. and Russian aid, though the country will most likely join a Russian-led Customs Union.
"These bills - they are a tool for mobilizing public support for the government, for the Russian government as well," Anna Kirey, an LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, told BuzzFeed.
The bill was passed on June 17 by a 4-3 vote.
The European Union called the draft measure one of the most "sweeping anti-propaganda bills ever published," according to Gay Star News.