The United States has criticized proposed legislation which seeks to outlaw “popularizing homosexual relations” in the former Soviet nation of Kyrgyzstan.

If the changes are approved, a person convicted of “forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual relations” among minors or in mass media would face fines or a prison term of up to one year, according to Reuters.

The U.S. embassy in Kyrgyzstan responded in a statement: “No one should be silenced or imprisoned because of who they are or whom they love. Laws that discriminate against one group of people threaten the fundamental rights of all people.”

“Sweeping limits on civil society harm democracy,” the embassy added.

Rights activists last week called on the administration of President Barack Obama to publicly condemn the proposed legislation. The U.S.-based Human Rights First called the bill “blatantly homophobic.”

Anti-gay activists meeting in Moscow last month called for greater adoption of a Russian law which outlaws the promotion of “homosexual propaganda” to minors.

(Related: Moscow forum sends out urgent appeal for more “gay propaganda” bans.)