Concluding Observations, E/C.12/KGZ/CO/2-3, 19 June 2015: Kyrgyzstan
C. Principal subjects of concern and recommendations
5. The Committee is concerned about the lack of comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation, and the persistent discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, sex, religion, economic status, age or other status, including sexual orientation or disability, inter alia in accessing employment and health care. In this context, the Committee is also concerned about the introduction to parliament of bill No. 6-11804/14, which would impose administrative sanctions for persons who foster positive attitudes towards non-traditional sexual relations.
The Committee is also concerned about:
(a) Access to services, including education and health care, given that access is conditional upon residence registration;
The Committee recommends that the State party adopt a comprehensive anti- discrimination law that provides a definition of direct and indirect discrimination, and withdraw bill No. 6-11804/14.
The Committee also recommends that the State party:
(a) Carry out public education campaigns to eradicate common misperceptions and stereotypes;
(c) Ensure that all persons, irrespective of their sexual orientation, can fully enjoy economic, social and cultural rights without discrimination;
In this regard, the Committee draws the attention of the State party to its general comment No. 20 (2009) on non-discrimination in economic, social and cultural rights.
Access to health care
22. The Committee notes with concern that access to health care is frequently limited, that health-care facilities are of poor quality and inadequately equipped, that the number of staff is insufficient and that they are poorly qualified. The Committee also notes with concern that:
(a) Discrimination in access to health care persists against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, women involved in prostitution, persons with disabilities, and persons living with HIV/AIDS;
The Committee recommends that the State party increase human, technical and financial resources allocated to the health sector, and:
(a) Monitor discrimination in access to health services and ensure that health professionals who hamper anyone’s access are duly sanctioned;
(c) Disseminate information on patients’ rights and ensure the availability of adequate implementation mechanisms, with particular focus on access to appropriate compensation in the event of medical errors.
Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CESCR-Kyrgyzstan-2015-eng