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Police Targeting and Torturing Gay Men in Kyrgyzstan: VIDEO


Human Rights Watch has published a disgusting and devastating report about police extortion and torture of gay men in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan is a parliamentary republic located in central Asia, vordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikstan to the southwest and China to the east.

Watch a video in which some of the gay men targeted by police tell what happened to them, AFTER THE JUMP...

Writes HRW:

Kyrgyzstan The report is based on detailed interviews with 40 gay and bisexual men in four regions of Kyrgyzstan. The government should condemn and thoroughly investigate reports of abuse and establish a confidential complaint mechanism for all cases of abuse by police officers...

...Kyrgyzstan police target gay and bisexual men in parks, gay clubs, hotel rooms, and on dating websites. Human Rights Watch documented cases of severe physical violence against gay and bisexual men including punching, kicking, and beating with gun butts, batons, empty beer bottles, or other objects. Several gay men also reported sexual violence by police officers including rape, group rape, and attempts to put a stick, a hammer, or an electric shock device in the person’s anus, as well as gratuitous touching during a search, or being forced to undress in front of police.

Police use the cell phones of the men they have targeted to locate other victims.

You can download the 65-page report here.

Watch a video in which some of the gay men targeted by police tell what happened to them, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. While I agree that this is disgusting and disturbing, what does Towleroad propose to do about it?

    It's one thing to simply paste stories of homophobia on a gay blog. It's another to propose some sort of contribution towards a solution.

    Posted by: brian | Jan 30, 2014 8:35:49 AM

  2. Brian, what a stupid comment. By your logic, no newspaper would ever publish a story on, say, the economy or war unless it could also solve the problems.

    Posted by: James | Jan 30, 2014 8:54:39 AM

  3. James,

    Towleroad isn't a newspaper. It's a blog which often carries judgmental stories, particularly on Republican politicians. That's fine - they deserve it.

    There are simply too many stories on Towleroad that seem like gap-fillers taken from other news sites. They simply repeat and offer no solution. A gay blogger should at least make a few suggestions.

    Posted by: brian | Jan 30, 2014 8:57:57 AM

  4. Brian, What's stopping you from making suggestions?

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 30, 2014 9:56:18 AM

  5. Sounds like the police are supplementing their income by "gay-shaming." Which would not work if their society wasn't so homophobic. Which is probably the result of their religions.

    Solution: Try to spread intelligence and science so that the old superstitious religions retreat into insignificance.

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 30, 2014 10:01:31 AM

  6. This Brian making the above comment is really Jason. He made the same dumb comment on a couple of stories yesterday using different names as usual.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jan 30, 2014 10:08:45 AM

  7. @Brian. I agree with James. I think of Towleroad as primarily a news clearinghouse blog as opposed to an opinion blog or a political action blog. The writers add a teaser synopsis for a news story, sometimes editorialized a bit, but it is up to the reader to click a link if it peaks their interest. If you click the link in this video exposing a horrible and unjust situation, it will lead you to the Human Rights Watch web page. Hopefully the suggestions proffered there will inspire your own plan of action.

    Posted by: dixichuk | Jan 30, 2014 11:17:48 AM

  8. Brian, I mean, Adam, no, I mean Brian, no, I mean, Adam! Nice to see you have many aliases. Regardless, you're a troll. You don't do anything except gripe and troll so don't be telling anyone else what to do. I don't see your sorry ass doing anything to make this world better so sit the hell down and shut the hell up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 30, 2014 11:46:42 AM

  9. It is sad to get this kind of news from countries you barely knew they existed by it's geographical location and similar regional sounding names.Then that is the world we live in, and Russia is their role mored in this case.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Jan 30, 2014 12:36:21 PM

  10. Revenge is the answer.

    Posted by: Stranglerfig | Jan 30, 2014 2:21:04 PM

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