Statement on Legislation that Threatens Human Rights

The U.S. Embassy notes with deep concern the advancement in the Jogorku Kenesh of legislation that fundamentally threatens human rights, Kyrgyzstan’s democratic gains and constitutional guarantees.  We particularly note the October 9 passage of legislation on non-traditional relations on its first reading, and the scheduling of committee hearings on the foreign agents bill.  People everywhere deserve to live in freedom.  No one should be silenced or imprisoned because of who they are or whom they love.  Laws that discriminate against one group of people threaten the fundamental rights of all people.  Sweeping limits on civil society harm democracy.  We urge MPs and the people of the Kyrgyz Republic to stand on the side of justice and equality, to stand for progress and compassion, and oppose legislation that would criminalize expressions of identity or limit civil society.