"Don't condemn LGBT people to silence" in Kyrgyzstan

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The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan has been urged by UN human rights experts to reject a bill that would condemn lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to silence.

The experts who report to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said criminal and financial sanctions would be imposed on those who show what the Kyrgyz Government called "a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual orientation".

The explanatory note accompanying the bill defines those sexual relations as 'sodomy, lesbianism, and other forms of non-traditional sexual behaviour'.

Punishment includes between six months to one year of imprisonment and fines up to the equivalent of $36 to $91.

The average worker's salary in Kyrgyzstan is around $140 a month.

The draft law passed its first reading at Parliament last month, and must be voted on twice more before going to the President for signature.

The United Nations' stance on LGBT rights clearly states that countries have legal obligations to ensure that everyone is able to exercise their human rights.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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