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 ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

May 17 marks the 2014 commemoration of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.  The UN celebrates IDAHO every May 17 to mark the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases.  The month of June was originally celebrated as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride ...
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Embassy Statement on Libel Legislation

We are concerned by the passage of legislation that makes libel a criminal offense.  This legislation purports to counter false media information, but instead may have a chilling effect on free speech in Kyrgyzstan. The U.S. Embassy urges that this amendment not be signed into law. Instead, we urge the President, government and Parliament to ...
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