Kazakhstan following Russia’s lead?
central asia / homophobia / kazakhstan

Kazakhstan following Russia’s lead?

Homophobic rhetoric is on the rise in Kazakhstan, and members of the country’s gay and transsexual community are bracing for a possible legislative assault on their rights. Activists for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community worry that Kazakhstan may follow Russia’s lead and adopt legislation prohibiting the “propaganda” of homosexuality – or even … Continue reading

UN envoy: human rights environment impacting HIV in Eastern Europe
central asia / eastern europe / health / UN

UN envoy: human rights environment impacting HIV in Eastern Europe

Michael D. Kazatchkine, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, recently commented that there is a direct relationship between HIV infection and the poor human rights environment in Eastern Europe, where “inadequate legal and human rights frameworks, brutal law enforcement and policing practices, and a sheer lack of political … Continue reading

Kyrgyz Ombudsman to defend LGBT rights
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 … Continue reading

Kazakh MP proposes banning same-sex relations
central asia / homophobia / kazakhstan / legislation

Kazakh MP proposes banning same-sex relations

Kazakhstan’s Parliament deputy Bakhytbek Smagul has suggested drafting a law to ban same-sex relationships in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports from the plenary meeting of the Majilis (lower chamber of the Parliament). “I believe it necessary not only to enhance the article 11 of the Family Code (persons not allowed to marry), but also to develop a draft law … Continue reading