Kyrgyzstan urged to not pass anti-LGBT law

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida

Kyrgyzstan is being urged by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) to refrain from passing an anti-gay law.

The proposed law, described as "discriminatory", would violate fundamental human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Those include the right to liberty, security, to physical integrity, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.

OHCHR recalls that those rights are protected by human rights treaties ratified by Kyrgyzstan.

The United Nations says everyone, without distinction, is entitled to enjoy all human rights, including the right to protection from discrimination on various grounds that include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Meanwhile, there is concern about another bill about to be passed by the central Asian nation that would create a difficult environment for civil society groups.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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