anti-LGBT violence / central asia / homophobia / kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Ombudsman to defend LGBT rights

Newly elected Ombudsman for Kyrgyzstan, Baktybek Amanbaev, has pledged to defend the rights of all citizens in his country, including LGBT persons.

According to news posted by the Gay-Alliance Ukraine, Amanbaev said that “all people are equal before the law.”

“For me it does not matter who he is, the most important thing is that he is a citizen of our country, and so I have to protect his rights.”

A representative of Labrys, a non-government organization established in the Central Asian republic to defend the rights of LGBT people, said that the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan leaves much to be desired, and the new ombudsman would have his work cut out for him. Labrys spokeswoman Veronica St. George said that LGBT persons regularly suffer “abuse, extortion, blackmail, illegal detention [and] physical and sexual abuse by the police. LGBT discrimination also exists in the areas of health, education and labor relations.”

Amanbaev, 45, a former correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was sworn in on October 3.

Former Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun continues a hunger strike he began in mid-September to protest his removal.

(Hat tip: Mitr blog, Gay-Alliance Ukraine)

 

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