Spotlight: Censorship Free Expression & the Law Kyrgyzstan
The law would prohibit the so-called “propaganda” of “non-traditional” (i.e. same sex) relations and would specifically target the media and peaceful assemblies.
"It is disturbingly ironic that this attack targeted an event aimed at drawing attention to violence and discrimination against LGBTI people, and underscores the urgent need for governments, civil society, religious communities, and others to aggressively combat discrimination..."
The bill aims to ban the dissemination of any information promoting "non-traditional sexual relations" or "homosexual lifestyles" in a "positive" way. It would apply to the press, television, radio, and the Internet, as well as to public assemblies.
On 26 September, the State Committee on National Security of Osh city opened a criminal investigation concerning a pilot survey on respect for the rights of ethnic minorities, which was conducted in the Jalal-Abad and Batken oblasts by a local organization that Freedom House supports.