“It’s an universal law-– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn).
Uzbekistan, a former Soviet country, continues to have strong ties to Russia. It criminalizes homosexuality for men – with gays facing up to three years in jail. It borders on Afghanistan.
The country’s President Islam Karimov ranted about gay people in a televised meeting last week – claiming that homosexuality is a “vulgar” Western invention. In conversation with the US ambassador, Mr Karimov clarified that “Western-style” democracy was not appropriate for Uzbekistan, claiming the country’s 85% Muslim population would not accept it.
Instead, he said the government would have to implement democracy “specific to its culture” Well, let’s examine reliable outside resources on exactly how democracy works in Uzbekistan. To me, it’s implementation seems “vulgar” and those who run the country “mentally ill” with power and greed and a lack of human rights.
Lack of Human Rights in Uzbekistan
“Uzbekistan is a source country for men,women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking; adults and children are victims of government-compelled forced labor during Uzbekistan’s annual cotton harvest, as well as for the construction and cleaning of parks; the government in 2013 for the first time cooperated with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to monitor the cotton harvest for compliance with the Worst Forms of Child
Labor Convention; the ILO recorded 53 violations but concluded that forced child labor was not used on a systematic basis during the 2013 cotton harvest; Uzbekistani women and children are sex trafficked domestically and in countries in Central Asia, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe; Uzbekistani men and women are subjected to forced labor in
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, the UAE, Malaysia, and, to a lesser extent, Ukraine in domestic service, agriculture, construction, and the oil industry”
What World-Wide Psychiatrists/Psychologists State About Homosexuality.
Both the President of Russia and the President of Uzbekistan rely on the support of religion – Russian Orthodox and Islam. Both religions (not necessarily their believers) have medieval laws that conflict with scientific knowledge. Research any of the major and academically sound institutions world-wide and this is what you will find.
“Homosexuality is NOT a disease, NOT a mental illness and NOT a deviancy. It has been around since the Dawn of Civilization and in every country. Since it cannot be reversed, it is NOT a choice. It is merely a different expression of sex and bonding.”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
The World Watches and Evaluates
Russian President Putin and President Islam Karimov are lightweight contenders in the world ring of nations that celebrate diversity and outlaw inequality for their citizens. The internet and technology allows (in most cases) a diversity of research. No longer are citizens brain-washed by religious leaders or powerful and greedy politicians. Homosexuality is never a threat to children and teens. If children are to be abused it is done by straight family members! True education allows older students to be presented with two different opinions on a topic and for them to research further and form their own conclusions. If controversial topics are not discussed by older students, then there is evidence from research the bullying occurs out of sheer ignorance. Knowledge and facts lead to enlightenment; ignorance and hatred often leads to violence. In countries where gays and lesbians are allowed to marry, these societies have not fallen apart! Studies from academically sound institutions and universities have found that children raised by same-sex parents do not suffer academically in schools or drop out! They are found to have sound values such as tolerance for diversity and equality for all.
- LGBTI persons of Uzbekistan and other countries, be proud and brave, but we safe. Remember, you are NOT alone, LGBTI persons number in the millions. You are a unique and a loving person who deserves respect and equality. Find love and give love.