January 29, 2014

“They Said We Deserved This”

Police Violence Against Gay and Bisexual Men in Kyrgyzstan

To the Government of Kyrgyzstan
To the Ministry of Internal Affairs
To the General Prosecutor’s Office
To the Ministry of Justice
To the Office of the Ombudsman
To the National Center for Prevention of Torture
To LGBT Rights Organizations in Kyrgyzstan
To Human Rights Organizations in Kyrgyzstan Working on Police Reform, Torture, and Related Issues
To Domestic and International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) and International Organizations Working on HIV Prevention
To the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
To the Governments of the United States, the European Union, and Individual EU Member States
To the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
I. Background
Climate of Homophobia
Violence Against LGBT People
Limiting Free Expression on LGBT Issues
Police Abuse and Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
International and NGO Engagement in Police Reform
LGBT Rights Activism
II. Police Violence, Threats, and Extortion
Physical Abuse, Ill-Treatment and Torture
Rape, Sexual Violence, and Threats of Rape
Rape and Attempted Rape
Threats of Rape
Targeting of Gay Men for Extortion Without Violence
Targeting Gay Men for Extortion in Parks and Other Public Spaces
Targeting Gay Men at Hotels and Private Apartments
Threat of False Criminal Charges for Extortion
III. Government Responses
Inadequate Police Complaint Mechanisms
Lack of Investigations
Steps to Address Police Torture and Ill-Treatment
International Legal Standards