Tajikistan: Gay rights face uphill struggle

Published: July 21, 2004

Tajikistan: Gay rights face uphill struggle

DUSHANBE, 21 July 2004 (IRIN) – Efforts to advocate the rights of the gay community in Tajikistan, including HIV/AIDS awareness, face an uphill battle given traditional Islamic values and a general intolerance towards homosexuality. "Tajikistan is a conservative Muslim country. Such subjects are not easily spoken about," Kiromiddin Gulov, coordinator for the local NGO, Legal Support for Youth, one of the few groups working to address the issue, told IRIN in the capital, Dushanbe.

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