Tajikistan authorities draw up list of gay and lesbian citizens

Source: The Guardian

AFP in Dushanbe

Suggestion that those on official register would be required to undergo testing to avoid ‘spread of sexually-transmitted diseases’

Move reported amid growing concerns over safety of LGBT communities across Muslim-majority regions of former Soviet Union.
 Move reported amid growing concerns over safety of LGBT communities across Muslim-majority regions of former Soviet Union. Photograph: Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images

Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases”.

Details of the move was unveiled in Zakonnost, a newspaper published by Tajikistan’s state prosecutor, which said the official list of “gay and lesbian” citizens was compiled following research into the LGBT community.

Rights activists in this authoritarian central Asian nation have in the past raised fears over discrimination faced by LGBT individuals in this conservative country that is mainly Muslim but has secular authorities.

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2 replies

    • again you are repeating yourself. Yes, I am tempted to delete your mails. There are ‘LGBT’ individuals attending Ahmadiyya Mosques. But they do not carry LGBT flags and banners. What should be private should remain private.

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