Anti-‘gay propaganda’ bill blocked in Kazakhstan

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Map of Kazakhstan (Map courtesy of PSU.edu) Location of Kazakhstan in central Asia (Map courtesy of PSU.edu)

Opponents of human rights for LGBTI people in Kazakhstan suffered a setback last week, as the nation’s Constitutional Council blocked enactment of a Russian-style anti-“gay propaganda” bill.

The council announced on May 26 that it rejected the bill last week on the grounds that it contained “vague and ambiguous definitions and terms.”

Last August, the lower house of the Kazakh parliament passed the bill, which is modeled on Russia’s law against “propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation.” The upper house passed it in February.

Because the country is vying with China to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, 27 Olympic and Paralympic athletes called on the International Olympic committee to take a stand against the bill, which they said is “incompatible with belonging to the Olympic movement.”

Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan (Photo courtesy of Chronicle.co.zw) Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan (Photo courtesy of Chronicle.co.zw)

Several organizations, including Amnesty International, called on…

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