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Concluding Observations, CAT/C/KGZ/CO/2, 20 November 2013: Kyrgyzstan

Ill-treatment and torture based on sexual orientation and gender

19. The Committee is concerned at (a) reports of police harassment, arbitrary arrest, ill-treatment and torture, including through sexual violence, perpetrated against persons on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons; and (b) the authorities’ more general failure to investigate allegations of sexual violence by officials, to punish perpetrators of such violence and to provide effective remedies to victims, as in the case of Ms. Zulhumor Tohtonazarova. Furthermore, it is concerned at the little progress in investigating reports of rape and sexual violence during and after the June 2010 violence (arts. 2, 11 and 16).

The State party should ensure prompt, impartial, and thorough investigations of all allegations of ill-treatment and torture committed by police and detention officials against LGBT persons or others on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and prosecute and, upon conviction, punish perpetrators with appropriate penalties.

Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CAT-Kyrgyzstan-2013-eng