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Kyrgyz Mufti Issues Fatwa Against Gays

Sunday 2 February 2014, by siawi3


BISHKEK — Kyrgyzstan’s acting grand mufti, Maksat Hajji Toktomushev,
has issued a fatwa against same-sex relations and challenged the
findings of a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In a statement placed on the Kyrgyz Muslims’ Spiritual Directorate
website on January 30, Toktomushev said Islam absolutely forbids
same-sex relations.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Kyrgyzstan in 1998.

Responding to a January 29 HRW report on the treatment of homosexuals
by Kyrgyz police, Toktomushev called on Kyrgyz authorities and the
parliament "to pay special attention to the activities of some public
organizations that disseminate social discord while using humanistic

In its report, HRW found that police in Kyrgyzstan have extorted,
threatened, arbitrarily detained, beaten, and sexually abused gay and
bisexual men.

The report called on Kyrgyzstan to protect its gay citizens.