Azerbaijan: First ever gay satisfaction 'mini rally' kept in nation funding without apprehensions or harassment

Homosexuality was legalized in Azerbaijan in 2000, but discrimination and even physical violence remain.


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  • Cobbs Creek Parkway, Course 3 (Gay Street) Restricted Next Week for Security Improvements in Philadelphia, Chester Counties
  • The brand-new Chechnya? 100 gay and transgender people supposedly arrested and also hurt in Azerbaijan
  • Eurovision 2012: Azerbaijan's gays not welcome at home
  • Azerbaijan worst place to be gay in Europe, finds LGBTI index
  • Gay males speak out regarding Azerbaijan's LGBT suppression: 'They provided me electric shocks'
  • Gay Guide Baku
  • Azerbaijan Detains Lots of Gay and also Transgender Individuals
  • Police 'rounding up and also abusing' gay and trans individuals in Azerbaijan
  • Azerbaijan: First ever gay satisfaction 'mini rally' kept in nation funding without apprehensions or harassment
  • Gay couple in Azerbaijan forced to leave after engagement vow makes regional information
  • Eurovision Glamour Is Assured, However, for Azerbaijan's Gays, It's Same Old Track
  • Being Gay in Azerbaijan
  • Gay Guide Azerbaijan
  • Cobbs Creek Parkway, Path 3 (Gay Road) Restricted Next Week for Security Improvements in Philly, Chester Counties
  • The new Chechnya? 100 gay as well as transgender people reportedly detained and tortured in Azerbaijan
  • Eurovision 2012: Azerbaijan's gays not invite in the house
  • Azerbaijan worst location to be gay in Europe, locates LGBTI index
  • Gay guys speak up about Azerbaijan's LGBT suppression: 'They provided me electrical shocks'
  • Gay Guide Baku
  • Azerbaijan Detains Dozens of Gay as well as Transgender Individuals
  • Authorities 'assembling as well as tormenting' gay as well as trans individuals in Azerbaijan
  • Azerbaijan: First ever gay pride 'mini rally' kept in nation capital without arrests or harassment
  • Gay couple in Azerbaijan compelled to flee after engagement vow makes neighborhood news
  • Eurovision Glamour Is Secured, However, for Azerbaijan's Gays, It's Same Old Song
  • Cobbs Creek Parkway, Course 3 (Gay Street) Restricted Next Week for Security Improvements in Philadelphia, Chester Counties

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    The brand-new Chechnya? 100 gay and transgender people supposedly arrested and also hurt in Azerbaijan

    At least 100 gay as well as transgender individuals have been apprehended, tortured and defeated in Azerbaijan, according to neighborhood records.

    Cops performed a variety of raids in the funding of Baku as well as required those who they jailed to quit their pals' addresses, activists have claimed.

    The apprehensions are horribly reminiscent of the gay purge in Chechnya, in which more than 100 individuals have actually been detained, over used and, in a minimum of 26 situations, eliminated.

    Police have actually stated that their actions have absolutely nothing to do with any person's sexual preference and charged the detainees of being engaged in prostitution, according to media website Eurasianet.

    Other records from inside the nation state that the raids were carried out for \"safeguarding nationwide ethical worths.\"

    Ayaz Efendiyev, deputy chairman of the Justice Celebration, responded to the reported arrests with a prejudice-filled diatribe.

    \" Defending these creatures that are resources of immorality, dangerous conditions, and who have actually been cursed by God, Western circles are attempting to ruin our national customs as 'human rights,'\" he stated.

    This year, it was ranked as the most awful place in Europe for LGBT rights, with a 5 percent score contrasted to the UK's 76 percent.

    In 2015, the European Parliament voted to condemn the \"intimidation and repression\" of LGBTI individuals in the nation.

    Homosexuality has actually been lawful in Azerbaijan given that 2000, however LGBT people and protestors in the nation still face routine as well as systematic oppression.

    Javid Nabiyev, head of state of the famous Nefes (' Breathe') LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance, stated that \"unexpectedly, without any clear factors to us, policemans organised raids against gay and transgender people.\"

    Speaking to PinkNews, he claimed: \"It's uncertain what motivated the summary, or the number of individuals have been impacted.

    \" Attorneys working on the situations say that at least 100 people have actually been detained over a period of several days.

    \" According to official declarations, police officers apprehended people after receiving problems of hooking. The statements claim the steps were absorbed full conformity with Azerbaijani law.\"

    Nabiyev reported that a police spokesperson has actually claimed that \"' people of non-traditional sexual orientation were collected in the centre of Baku to engage in hooking.

    \"' Citizens consistently attracted the police with a request to quit these illegal actions. About this, the police have taken steps' he added, which is BULL S ***!\"

    \" I believe the police are pressing a media narrative, mentioning that all those apprehended had AIDS and various other Sexually transmitted diseases.

    \" Individuals are terrified ... the cops have some principle of being gay, and also they are arresting people without reason, asking for addresses as well as taking money to release them.\"

    He added: \"We are making use of all devices as well as resources to inform all LGBT individuals to be cautious ... [to] not have brand-new dates, not bring out their sexual preference and sex identity to individuals they don't know well, not to solution to unknown telephone call, and to remain in the darkness for a while.

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    Eurovision 2012: Azerbaijan's gays not welcome at home

    However, such guarantees container with those who have actually had first-hand experience of exactly how homosexuals are treated in Azeri culture.

    \" My sibling has actually promised to kill me, and after that eliminate himself,\" claims Babi Badalov, a radical gay Azeri artist that has recently been approved political asylum in France.

    \" The day I was 'outed', my sis yelled at me on the phone as well as told me to avoid of Azerbaijan. I don't think I will ever be able to talk with any of them once more.\"

    Mr Badalov grew up in a remote area of Azerbaijan as well as relocated to Baku when he was 15.

    There he resided in concern, hiding his sexuality from every person, including his best friends.

    \" However he never spoke about it, so we didn't mention it either. When he got married everybody was surprised. He was trying hard to conform, he was under a lot of pressure.

    \" In the end, he chose to stay real to himself, so he had to leave. Like a cherry with a rock inside, if you press it as well hard, the rock will fly out.\"

    After years of attempting to conceal his sexual preference, Mr Badalov tried to declare political asylum in the UK in 2008.

    But his application stopped working on the grounds that homosexuality was not unlawful in Azerbaijan.

    A project began in the UK in his protection led to his outing back home, to the scary of his family who reside in one of the most traditional component of the country, on the Iranian border.

    \" Homosexuality here is seen as worse than hooking,\" states Yadigyar Sadykov, a human rights lobbyist from Mr Badalov's indigenous region.

    \" If a family made a decision to kill a gay family member, many people would certainly authorize. I have come across lots of suicides of thought homosexuals - I have never fulfilled a honestly gay person around here.\"

    \" Throughout Eurovision, no-one will certainly bother gay foreigners in Baku,\" claims Alekper Aliyev, a writer and a writer of a questionable book regarding a gay partnership between an Azeri and a man from Armenia, the country's historical opponent.

    \" There are several freely gay celebs in Baku that have cash as well as bodyguards, and they are safe.

    \" Yet nothing will certainly transform for most of gays, particularly in the provinces. This society will certainly never approve them.\"

    Azeri authorities differ, mentioning that Azerbaijan decriminalised homosexuality in 2001.

    \" Recently there has actually been much ill-informed speculation by some migrants concerning how we treat our homosexual area,\" says Elnur Aslanov, a senior authorities from the presidential administration.

    \" We take into consideration all this absolutely nothing more than an unsuccessful effort by those cynics to gain a far better credibility in their respective nations in the light of the approaching Eurovision tune contest in Azerbaijan.\"

    \" Everybody recognizes that after midnight not much from this resort you can get gay sex with a drag queen prostitute.

    \" I shouted, cried and rolled around the floor of the article office. I was out of control.\"

    Although he is staying in a hostel, he is a well-known musician as well as will soon be complimentary to circumnavigate Europe displaying his work.

    \" Everybody's legal rights are violated in Azerbaijan,\" says Mr Badalov, \"and gays are not an exemption.

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    Azerbaijan worst place to be gay in Europe, finds LGBTI index

    Regular homophobic hate criminal activities see country join Russia as well as Armenia at the bottom of leading human rights survey

    Azerbaijan has actually been placed the most awful location in Europe to live as an LGBTI resident, after fulfilling just 5% of a leading rights organisation's standards for lawful equality.

    The ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index, launched today, ranks 49 European nations according to the regulations, plans and also practices that affect LGBTI communities.

    The countries with the 3 cheapest ratings are all post-Soviet: Armenia, Russia and also Azerbaijan. The countries leading the index-- Malta, Belgium and also the UK-- all scored over 80%.

    Although homosexuality is legal in Azerbaijan, the 2016 index draws attention to the country's failure to safeguard its LGBTI community from hate crime and discrimination. The review links the reduced score to the high number of homophobic and transphobic fierce assaults, in addition to discriminatory statements made by political numbers.

    \" Of all the social groups that are sufferers of violence and also disgust, we are the ones that battle most,\" claims gay Azerbaijani lobbyist, Javid Nabiyev.

    \" Annually, thousands of LGBTI people are revealed to physical, mental and financial physical violence by their family members and individuals around them. They are eliminated, compelled to live a dual life, devote suicide or leave the country.\"

    Today, Nabiyev beings in a small box-room in a German refugee shelter, the bare white walls are decorated only with the rainbow LGBTI flag and also the national flag of Azerbaijan. In spite of whatever that happened to him there, he says: \"It's my homeland as well as I miss it.\"

    Nabiyev's life in Azerbaijan ended up being unbearable after he suggested to his sweetheart in 2014, and both came to be targets of a nationwide hate project. Photos of their involvement ceremony posted to Facebook discovered their way onto mainstream information. The pair's individual information were released online as well as Nabiyev's neighbours became threatening, he states.

    The couple took off to Turkey before the stress of persecution finally tore them apart. They returned to Azerbaijan independently, and Nabiyev continued with his activism.

    However his help Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance-- the organisation he established-- made him a fresh target for the authorities. He can no longer count the number of times he's been defeated by authorities and in the media, he was charged of being a western spy. Anxious he can be detained more completely, he left to Germany.

    Bjorn van Roozendaal, programme supervisor of ILGA-Europe, sees the tension in between east and west as type in the battle for LGBTI civil liberties. \"We have actually seen a lot of reaction in the area. One common denominator is that Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia all wish to distance themselves from the west as well as the LGBTI battle has actually been at the centre of that,\" he discusses.

    \" LGBTI legal rights are seen as a modern-day western value that the west is attempting to enforce and this attitude truly comes at the price of the LGBTI neighborhood.\"

    Azerbaijan is a member of the Council of Europe, which defines itself as \"the continent's leading civils rights organisation.\" All CoE members have actually authorized the European Convention of Human Rights, in which short article 14 forbids discrimination \"on any kind of ground such as sex, gender\".

    In September 2015, the EU Parliament passed a resolution on Azerbaijan, condemning its treatment of civils rights defenders and also said it was \"incredibly concerned over the scenario of LGBTI people\".

    But van Roozendaal is not positive about the resolution's power. \"I don't assume that a country like Azerbaijan really cares what the EU believe. I do not think they want to be attended be advertising LGBTI rights,\" he says. \"Adjustment is not going to occur in leading down way, it's mosting likely to originate from upside down-- from lobbyists on the ground.\"

    He can not speak openly regarding the job ILGA-Europe is doing in Azerbaijan because \"any kind of visibility that we offer to the job we do, places individuals at risk. This job is made incredibly tough by the federal government, which is extremely unfortunate.\"

    He can state that they are working to sustain the LGBTI areas to enlighten them on just how to play it safe and also record despise criminal offense. Yet it's difficult to support grassroots teams. \"There are rigorous controls on any kind of type of cash that enters into the nation, so it's tough to money also understanding projects,\" he claims.

    Nabiyev's is just among lots of stories to have leaked out of the country in the past couple of years.

    One of the most top-level was the death of Isa Shakhmarli in 2014, a leading LGBTI lobbyist who killed himself draped in the rainbow flag. He left a video in which he stated: \"I tried to describe that love is love as high as I might but my friends and family never ever comprehended.\"

    After his death, his close friend Lala Mahmudova took over his function at the LGBTI organisation, AZAD. Mahmudova, who is straight and also currently studying in Chicago, says she is usually criticised for supporting LGBTI equal rights.

    \" On Facebook, a lot of my relatives and also pals have obstructed me since I support LGBTI individuals. They say, 'You are going against our culture's values'.\"

    Mahmudova sees violence as well as misuse through family members as a significant issue. \"I understand a lot of transgender people that are beaten by their papas, sis as well as mothers. It starts with their household,\" she states. However without any LGBTI shelters in Azerbaijan and a greatly unsympathetic police, there is little Mahmudova or AZAD can do to help people in this situation.

    Given the risks, for many individuals appearing to family and friends is also hazardous. Ahmad-- not his genuine name-- a 21-year-old pupil living in the capital, Baku, clarifies: \"If my brother and also my uncle figure out [I'm gay], they will certainly get really angry as well as I do not know what could happen.\"

    Ahmad does not seem like he has a family, and also says he might never ever approach the authorities for aid. \"As a nation, we have no trust for our authorities or our government,\" he says. \"I have constantly felt I have no person however myself to lean on.\"

    Gay males speak out regarding Azerbaijan's LGBT suppression: 'They provided me electric shocks'

    Legal representatives and activists claim lots of gay and transgender individuals have been jailed as well as restrained

    Several males have actually stepped forward with firsthand accounts of a supposed crackdown on the LGBT neighborhood in Azerbaijan.

    One of the men, who stayed confidential, said he was apprehended for nine days and hurt.

    Dozens of gay and also transgender people in Azerbaijan have been arrested, detained as well as compelled to give up good friends to authorities, according to lawyers and also activists in the nation.

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in the majority-Muslim nation in 2000 and also people are lawfully allowed to transform their sex, yet bitterness towards LGBT people still continues to be.

    Some of those detained have undergone beatings, abuse as well as compelled medical checkups, legal representatives stated, although these reports can not be separately confirmed.

    Trans ladies have had their heads forcibly shaven, according to a record by British gay rights charity Stonewall.

    One Baku-based lobbyist, who favored to continue to be confidential, informed the Thomson Reuters Foundation that authorities were targeting \"main roads, metro stations and LGBT-friendly put like clubs, clubs and also bars.\"

    Authorities in Azerbaijan have declared that those apprehended were involved in sex work, although nearly all cases the implicated have actually denied such accusations.

    One unrevealed guy told Radio Free Europe authorities made him authorize documents that \"were already filled out\" along with various other empty records, before questioning him about seeing \"customers\".

    Azerbaijan has a poor record when it comes to shielding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender as well as intersex individuals.

    Earlier this year, the country was ranked the worst area in Europe for LGBT rights, with a 5 percent rating compared to 76 percent in the UK.

    The accusations follow a claimed anti-LGBT purge performed by authorities in Chechnya previously this year, in which hundreds of gay males were reportedly jailed, restrained and also tortured in the conventional republic.

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    Azerbaijan Detains Lots of Gay and also Transgender Individuals

    MOSCOW-- More than 50 gay and transgender people in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, were restrained and also abused in a collection of raids over the previous week, legal representatives as well as rights protestors said.

    The Azerbaijani government claimed the raids were triggered by numerous issues from neighborhood residents, that had advised the cops to crack down on the illegal sex sell central Baku, a city of greater than two million.

    Nonetheless, lawyers and lobbyists stated that the majority of those restrained were not taken part in hooking which the allegations were utilized as a pretense for mistreatment.

    Samed Rahimli, an attorney assisting the targets, said the authorities had \"targeted homosexuals in general, not woman of the streets as they have actually asserted.\"

    \" The detained were subjected to vicious treatment and also abuse,\" he said. \"Their heads were shaved, some were electroshocked.\"

    Lawyers as well as lobbyists said that sex-related minorities have been bothered in the past, but that the most up to date raids were without current precedent.

    Speaking with the local APA news firm on Tuesday, Ekhsan Zakhidov, a spokesperson for the Azeri Interior Ministry, said the raids were \"justified.\"

    \" Individuals, contaminated with AIDS and various other venereal diseases position a risk to lives and also health and wellness of youngsters, who enter contact with them,\" said Mr. Zakhidov, claiming that 16 of those arrested had AIDS or syphilis.

    The suppression elicited contrasts to strategies seen in the Chechnya region of Russia, where dozens of gay males were apprehended, and in some cases hurt and also some eliminated, in a suppression in April.

    In Azerbaijan, Mr. Rahimli, the lawyer, as well as other supporters stated their clients hesitated to be named publicly, to submit grievances against the police or to review their experiences, sometimes since their family members did not know concerning their sexuality.

    The Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual as well as transgender individuals, published an account online by one man, identified only as Hasan.

    \" They were defeating me,\" the statement claimed. \"The police informed me that I am doing prostitution and must give them info concerning customers.\" In the declaration, Hasan stated he was not a prostitute.

    Homosexuality was legalized in Azerbaijan, a primarily Muslim former Soviet republic in Central Asia, in 2000, yet discrimination as well as even physical violence remain troubles.

    Many of those jailed were sentenced to up to thirty day behind bars, after being billed with disobeying police orders, said Javid Nabiyev, a regional lobbyist that is helping attorneys appeal the sentences.

    Lots of were restrained in your home or at work, subjecting their sexual orientation to their families and colleagues, claimed Mr. Rahimli, among the legal representatives.

    A protestor and also staff member of Minority, a publication in Azerbaijan that covers gay and also transgender concerns, who spoke on the problem of privacy for fear of retribution from the government, stated many sufferers had been forced by the police to supply names of their pals as well as associates.

    Some victims were restrained after being tempted to satisfy in the city by the cops, who were posturing online as gay or transgender people searching for dates, the activist included.

    Much of those affected resided in rented out houses, which their property owners told them to leave after the raids, the lobbyist claimed. Some took off for Turkey or went to conceal in other areas of Azerbaijan.

    Police 'rounding up and also abusing' gay and trans individuals in Azerbaijan

    Photos published on social networks revealed males and females being literally attacked and battered by law enforcement officer, showing behaviours seen in Chechnya earlier this year.

    Despite homosexuality being legal in Azerbaijan, it appears clear that the civil liberties of its LGBT people are dragging European neighbours and with the UEFA Euro 2020 over the perspective, major questions have been elevated about the nation's ability to host the global occasion.

    Activists are reporting that generally gay males and transgender females are being targeted, with Police them to shave their heads. Those detained are being held for up to 30 days as well as are being forced to disclose the names and address of various other LGBT people.

    Homosexuality is not prohibited in Azerbaijan, nevertheless the legalisation in 2000 leaves the nation trailing behind its European neighbors when driving to LGBT equal rights. In addition, there are currently no laws that shield the legal rights of LGBT people and offered current occasions, lots of are being left in anxiety of their very own lives.

    The Azerbaijani capital Baku, where the apprehensions occurred, is because of host the UEFA Euro 2020. It is just one of thirteen European cities to host the European Football Championships, with the city's National Stadium being used for the group phase and quarter-finals.

    It's not the first time the city has actually organized a crucial European occasion. Baku was the host for the Eurovision Track Competition in 2012. The track competition attracts a really large LGBT adhering to, many of whom joined fellow Eurovision fans in Azerbaijan that year, happening versus a backdrop of tension and objections.

    Iran withdrew its ambassador from Baku in the accumulate to the Eurovision Track Contest, asserting that Azerbaijan was engaging in \"anti-Islamic behavior.\"

    There were likewise allegations from Iranian clerics and legislators that Baku would certainly be holding a \"gay parade\"; comments which just got worse the currently developed tensions in between the two nations.

    There are restored ask for UEFA to respond to current breaches in civils rights, as a way of sending a message of acceptance as well as variety within the sport.

    Azerbaijan: First ever gay satisfaction 'mini rally' kept in nation funding without apprehensions or harassment

    In what is thought to be the very first pride celebration in Azerbaijan, a team of gay marchers just recently displayed a \"mini rally\" through the resources city Baku, without any arrests, reports of harassment, or violence at the demonstration.

    Oxu news reports that the event, arranged by gay rights activists Ruslan Baluxin, occurred \"in a pleasant environment and without events\" on Saturday.

    According to Modern Azerbaijan, the campaigners covered their faces, but also elevated rainbow satisfaction flags high over their heads.

    Although homosexuality was decriminalised in 2001, LGBT individuals in the Muslim country are said to still experience injustice as well as harassment.

    The 2012 Eurovision song competition, kept in Azerbaijan, was accused by Iranians of holding a gay pride march to coincide with the occasion. Nonetheless, Ali Hasanov resolved a press conference to clarify the concern.

    \" They are making declarations about something that does not exist. We are holding Eurovision, not a gay ceremony,\" he stated.

    He included: \"There is no word in the Azerbaijani language for a gay parade, unlike in their language.\"

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    Gay couple in Azerbaijan forced to leave after engagement vow makes regional information

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    A gay couple in Azerbaijan have actually gotten death hazards and been compelled to go underground after getting engaged in a little ceremony.

    Javid Nabiyev as well as his companion exchanged pledges in visibility of a handful of pals previously this week in Sumqayit on the Caspian sea, a year after they first fulfilled.

    However when numerous news networks in Azerbaijan got their private pictures on Facebook, they were flooded with hate mail from individuals that said they deserved to pass away.

    \" We got homophobic spoken attacks,\" said Nabiyev, that is the head of the Azerbaijani gay legal rights advocacy team, Nafas Azerbaijan LGBT partnership. \"Some people claimed 'You should pass away, I'll kick you in the road, I'll kill you',\" he informed the Guardian on phone from Baku.

    The 25-year-old said he had had to leave house because people had collected outside as well as screamed homophobic misuse.

    \" We were involved; not in a large ceremony. It occurred in between our pals at my house and also just 8 individuals were welcomed,\" he claimed.

    \" At midnight yesterday, I had to transform the area I was residing in. People in my apartment had actually found out about the information and also I listened to individuals gathering outside my house and mocking us,\" he stated. \"It was extremely dreadful. But I'm now in a refuge in a buddy's house.\"

    Homosexuality is legal in Azerbaijan, however Nabiyev stated discrimination against the gay as well as lesbian neighborhood and also homophobia was raging.

    \" After the information companies published write-ups on the basis of my private Facebook uploading, individuals revealed really homophobic reaction,\" he claimed.

    Nabiyev's 19-year-old companion, whose identity is kept to protect his safety and security, especially, is encountering a dilemma at home. His father threatened to send him to the army rather than college after listening to the information.

    \" I do not know what has actually taken place to my partner. He is with his moms and dads currently,\" Nabiyev said. \"He sent me a quick message that his dad wants to send him to the military. His moms and dads have actually additionally seized all our papers, which we would require to generate a key if we were ever to leave the nation.\"

    Nabiyev claimed that his companion's mother had actually tossed gas on him as well as attempted to set him on fire last month, yet the attack did not do well.

    Despite increasing homophobic assaults, Nabiyev claimed the authorities does not listen to their needs for safety and security.

    Nabiyev's organisation have attempted to lobby participants of the parliament to raise the LGBT problems with Azerbaijan's head of state, Ilham Aliyev, but they haven't gone also far.

    \" Our government is also homophobic,\" the campaigner claimed. \"We created a project to raise LGBT issues with the head of state as well as one MP asked him about the scenario of LGBTs in Azerbaijan, however he really did not state the LGBT area in any way in his answer.\"

    The 2012 Eurovision track competition, which took place in Baku, drew a large amount of attention towards civils rights misuses, consisting of those concerning the LGBT area, in Azerbaijan. The former Soviet republic has a well-known performance history on human rights and also freedom of speech.

    Eurovision Glamour Is Assured, However, for Azerbaijan's Gays, It's Same Old Track

    Azerbaijan won hosting legal rights for this year's Eurovision Track Competition after the country's entrance right into in 2015's contest, Ell as well as Nikki (above), took residence top honors.

    Lobbyist Ruslan Balukhin: \"Culture doesn't approve you or your friends. And that's really hard to take care of.\"

    The government in Baku spent $134 million to construct the 23,000-seat Crystal Hall for this year's Eurovision competition.

    Narguiz Birk-Petersen (left), Eldar (Ell) Gasimov (center), and also Leyla Aliyeva are this year's Eurovision hosts.

    Being Gay in Azerbaijan

    Sergey Bagirov is a 35-year-old gay man from Baku. For the past two decades, he has had no call with his moms and dads.

    \" My issues with the family began when I understood that I was gay,\" Bagirov stated. \"At the time, I was somehow embarrassed of it and admitted everything to my moms and dads, especially because it was essential to discuss why I was defeated at school everyday ... My father tossed me outdoors that exact same day. I was 14 years old. They did not even give me my papers. I am now over thirty years old and still do not have a ticket.\"

    Bagirov functions as a plasterer and also painter remodeling apartments. He said that discrimination was likewise rife in the workplace.

    \" Sometimes those you collaborate with find out that you are gay as well as reject you. After that I had to function alone, and right here once again there were problems. In some cases clients have rejected to pay me and intimidated that they would certainly grumble to the authorities. And the cops never aid gays as well as do not take their side,\" he stated.

    Homophobia in Azerbaijan is so prevalent that the nation ranked as the most awful area in Europe for lesbian, gay, bisexual as well as trans (LGBT) individuals in a current review of 49 European nations by ILGA-Europe.

    According to ILGA-Europe \u00b4 s 2016 Rainbow annual review and also index published in May, Azerbaijan satisfied just 5 percent of the organisation \u00b4 s standards for lawful equal rights and had a high occurrence of homophobic and transphobic physical violence. There were many strikes against LGBT individuals in Azerbaijan in 2014, including a number of murders.

    In February 2015, a gay man in the Shamkir area was located dead in his level. One month later, a 28-year-old drag queen was suffocated as well as stabbed to fatality in Baku. In June, a trans female was murdered following a quarrel in Baku \u00b4 s Sabail district. Her partner was additionally eliminated.

    Matanat Azizova, that heads the NGO Women \u00b4 s Crisis Centre as well as stays in expatriation, stated that LGBT individuals dealt with major troubles in Azerbaijan.

    Attitudes were especially harsh in the areas as well as some suburban areas of Baku, she added.

    \" Standard as well as spiritual facets of life result in enormous mental troubles amongst LGBT people, as much as ideas of self-destruction,\" Azizova said. \"In Azerbaijan, there is still the Soviet technique of dealing with LGBT people with the assistance of injections and tablets, typically forced upon them by parents.\"

    She remembered meeting a fellow Azeri that had been forced to get away the country to look for refuge in other places in Europe.

    \" His moms and dads still call him as well as ask, \u00b4 Are you being treated there? \u00b4 \"Azizova said.

    Gulnara Mehdiyeva is a rep of the Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Partnership and also editor of Minority, the nation's first on the internet LGBT magazine.

    \" Lately, we sent out a problem to the ministry of education concerning a book used in universities,\" she stated. \"The book is called Family Psychology. It points out that homosexuality is a disease, a pathology, etc. Homosexuality is put on a par with incest and pedophilia.\"

    In its issue, the organisation noted that the Globe Health And Wellness Organisation (WHO) had actually eliminated homosexuality from its International Classification of Illness in 1990.

    In response the ministry of education and learning suggested that Nefes approach the colleges concerned, despite the fact that, as Mehdiyeva noted, \"there is a stamp in guide stating that it is approved by the ministry of education\".

    Nefes also whined to the ministry of health, which reacted that Azerbaijan approved the that's standards and that any kind of supposed therapy of homosexuality was forbidden.

    On Might 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the internet site bear-magazine.com provided a statement making clear that the LGBT community did not \"look for special legal rights or benefits.

    \" They simply have the right to the same flexibility as well as protection as everyone according to the international standards of human rights and the legislation.\"

    Kamala Agazade, chairwoman of the Azerbaijan Children \u00b4 s Union, claimed that her organisation had actually often handled LGBT teens surviving on the roads due to the fact that their households did decline their positioning. Her organisation aided them acquire identification cards since all they had were their birth certifications, and additionally offered emotional aid.

    \" Out of despair, much of these young people used sex-related services on the streets,\" stated Agazade. \"We attempted to resolve them with their family members, however they [the households] constantly rejected.\"

    Standard legal rights, such as coping with a partner as well as having youngsters, can be a struggle for LGBT people in Azerbaijan.

    Sabina Rustamova, a 35-year-old lesbian living in Baku, said she was cynical about her future as well as dreamt about relocating to a nation where LGBT individuals went to least tolerated.

    \" I am already at an age when it is time to start a household,\" she claimed. \"I want a family members. I want children. But I comprehend that our society will never ever approve me as I am. It is hard to visualize for me - at least here, in Azerbaijan - to deal with a woman and to increase a child together.\"

    Azerbaijan has no legislations that victimize LGBT people, however there are additionally no laws to protect them.

    \" It is necessary today to embrace a law on protecting against discrimination of LGBT individuals in the house, in colleges, at work as well as in culture,\" she added. \"Such a legislation might become a tool where they might protect themselves at numerous levels of our culture. \"

    The next action, in her viewpoint, need to be the ability to register joint residential or commercial property, after that legalising very same sex marital relationship and adoption.

    \" However one can discuss this just after the various other LGBT concerns have actually been resolved,\" she said.

    Azizova kept in mind an added issue pertaining to an extra basic shrinking of the autonomous room in Azerbaijan.

    \" It is tough to discuss the law on flexibility of assembly for LGBT individuals, when currently existing legislations on freedom of assembly are broken,\" she stated.

    Last September, a European Parliament resolution on Azerbaijan worried the severe therapy of LGBT people and condemned political hate speech against them.

    Yet the authorities appear to be in denial concerning the circumstance. Journalism service of the indoor ministry told IWPR that their office had actually never ever gotten any type of records of discrimination versus LGBT people. The press workplace of the state board on the rights of household, ladies and also youngsters also claimed that they had actually never obtained any kind of grievances.

    Some political leaders are especially outspoken in their resistance to advancing LGBT civil liberties.

    Mubariz Gurbanli, a participant of parliament of the judgment New Azerbaijan Party, told the information company Fad that same-sex marriage would certainly never ever be allowed.

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    The age of permission for heterosexuals as well as homosexuals is 16. In 2000, with the introduction of the brand-new criminal code, article 121, that had actually made homosexuality a punishable offense, was abolished. This was a significant step towards the defense of human rights. Former president Heydar Aliyev feared to do all he can to make the nation a memeber of the European Council. For that reason, abolishing the criminalisation of homosexuals was an important step to resolve the concerns against Azerbaijan. Gays and lesbians can still shed their jobs and homophobia is universal, due to the fact that most of the populace know inadequate regarding homosexuality. Marital relationships or registered partnerships for homosexuals are not feasible, there is no political LGBT organisation. Reports of cops violence against homosexuals, particularly male prostitutes, are prevalent. The initial information internet site (bear-magazine.com) in Azerbaijan and the Caucasus was launched in May 2011. In January 2014 the freely homosexual founder of the organization AZAD LGBT, Isa Shahmarli, committed self-destruction. He hanged himself with a rainbow flag and also implicated the society to be responsible for his act in his self-destruction note. His suicide resulted in boosted task in the Azerbaijanian LGBT scene. The day of his fatality is commorated as LGBT Pride Day and also was initial identified in January 2015 with the launch of numerous video clips. Surrounded by a steppe landscape at the oil-rich Caspian Sea lies the resources Baku, whose old community belongs to the Unesco cultural heritage however is surrounded increasingly more by contemporary high-rise buildings.

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    The new Chechnya? 100 gay as well as transgender people reportedly detained and tortured in Azerbaijan

    A minimum of 100 gay as well as transgender individuals have been detained, tortured and defeated in Azerbaijan, according to regional records.

    Police conducted a number of raids in the funding of Baku as well as required those who they jailed to quit their close friends' addresses, protestors have actually stated.

    The arrests are horribly reminiscent of the gay purge in Chechnya, in which greater than 100 people have been detained, abused and also, in a minimum of 26 situations, eliminated.

    Authorities have actually said that their activities have absolutely nothing to do with anybody's sexual preference and implicated the detainees of being participated in hooking, according to media website Eurasianet.

    Various other reports from inside the country state that the raids were carried out in the name of \"safeguarding nationwide ethical values.\"

    Ayaz Efendiyev, replacement chairman of the Justice Party, reacted to the reported apprehensions with a prejudice-filled diatribe.

    \" Defending these creatures who are resources of immorality, dangerous diseases, and also that have actually been cursed by God, Western circles are trying to destroy our nationwide practices as 'human rights,'\" he claimed.

    This year, it was rated as the worst location in Europe for LGBT legal rights, with a 5 percent score compared to the UK's 76 percent.

    In 2015, the European Parliament voted to condemn the \"intimidation and also suppression\" of LGBTI individuals in the nation.

    Homosexuality has actually been lawful in Azerbaijan considering that 2000, yet LGBT individuals and also lobbyists in the country still deal with regular as well as methodical fascism.

    Javid Nabiyev, president of the prominent Nefes (' Breathe') LGBT Azerbaijan Partnership, said that \"all of a sudden, without any clear reasons to us, policemans arranged raids versus gay as well as transgender individuals.\"

    Speaking With PinkNews, he claimed: \"It's unclear what motivated the roundup, or the amount of people have been influenced.

    \" Lawyers working with the situations state that at least 100 people have been detained over a period of a number of days.

    \" According to main declarations, law enforcement officer restrained people after getting complaints of prostitution. The statements state the steps were absorbed complete accordance with Azerbaijani regulation.\"

    Nabiyev reported that a cops agent has actually declared that \"' individuals of non-traditional sexual orientation were gathered in the centre of Baku to engage in hooking.

    \"' Citizens repeatedly appealed to the cops with a request to stop these prohibited actions. About this, the police have actually taken actions' he included, which is BULL S ***!\"

    \" I assume the cops are pushing a media story, stating that all those jailed had AIDS and also various other STDs.

    \" People are afraid ... the authorities have some concept of being gay, and they are detaining individuals without factor, requesting addresses and also taking cash to launch them.\"

    He included: \"We are making use of all tools and resources to inform all LGBT people to be careful ... [to] not have new days, not come out with their sexual orientation and also sex identification to people they do not recognize well, not to answer to unknown telephone call, as well as to stay in the darkness for a while.

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    Eurovision 2012: Azerbaijan's gays not invite in the house

    Nonetheless, such guarantees container with those who have had first-hand experience of just how homosexuals are treated in Azeri society.

    \" My brother has actually sworn to eliminate me, and afterwards kill himself,\" says Babi Badalov, a radical gay Azeri artist who has lately been granted political asylum in France.

    \" The day I was 'outed', my sister screamed at me on the phone as well as informed me to avoid of Azerbaijan. I don't assume I will ever be able to talk with any one of them once again.\"

    Mr Badalov matured in a remote area of Azerbaijan and also relocated to Baku when he was 15.

    There he stayed in worry, concealing his sexuality from every person, including his buddies.

    \" But he never ever discussed it, so we didn't state it either. When he obtained wed everybody was amazed. He was striving to conform, he was under a great deal of stress.

    \" In the long run, he chose to remain real to himself, so he needed to leave. Like a cherry with a stone inside, if you push it as well hard, the rock will fly out.\"

    After years of attempting to hide his sexual orientation, Mr Badalov tried to declare political asylum in the UK in 2008.

    But his application fell short on the grounds that homosexuality was not illegal in Azerbaijan.

    A campaign started in the UK in his defence brought about his trip back home, to the horror of his family who reside in one of the most traditional part of the nation, on the Iranian boundary.

    \" Homosexuality here is viewed as even worse than prostitution,\" claims Yadigyar Sadykov, a civils rights lobbyist from Mr Badalov's native area.

    \" If a family members determined to eliminate a gay relative, lots of people would certainly accept. I have come across lots of self-destructions of suspected homosexuals - I have never satisfied an openly gay individual around here.\"

    \" Throughout Eurovision, no-one will certainly trouble gay immigrants in Baku,\" claims Alekper Aliyev, an author as well as an author of a controversial book concerning a gay partnership in between an Azeri and also a man from Armenia, the nation's historic adversary.

    \" There are numerous honestly gay stars in Baku that have cash as well as bodyguards, and they are risk-free.

    \" But absolutely nothing will certainly alter for the majority of gays, particularly in the provinces. This society will never ever accept them.\"

    Azeri officials disagree, mentioning that Azerbaijan decriminalised homosexuality in 2001.

    \" Lately there has been much ill-informed conjecture by some migrants regarding just how we treat our homosexual community,\" claims Elnur Aslanov, a senior authorities from the governmental management.

    \" We think about all this absolutely nothing greater than an unsuccessful attempt by those naysayers to acquire a much better track record in their corresponding countries in the light of the future Eurovision song competition in Azerbaijan.\"

    \" Everybody knows that after midnight not far from this hotel you can get gay sex with a drag queen prostitute.

    \" I screamed, cried and rolled around the flooring of the post office. I was out of control.\"

    Although he is living in a hostel, he is a well established artist as well as will certainly quickly be complimentary to circumnavigate Europe exhibiting his work.

    \" Everyone's civil liberties are breached in Azerbaijan,\" claims Mr Badalov, \"and gays are not an exception.

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    Azerbaijan worst location to be gay in Europe, locates LGBTI index

    Constant homophobic hate crimes see nation sign up with Russia and also Armenia at the end of leading civils rights survey

    Azerbaijan has actually been placed the worst area in Europe to live as an LGBTI resident, after satisfying only 5% of a leading rights organisation's requirements for legal equal rights.

    The ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index, launched today, places 49 European nations according to the legislations, policies as well as practices that affect LGBTI communities.

    The countries with the 3 least expensive scores are all post-Soviet: Armenia, Russia and also Azerbaijan. The nations leading the index-- Malta, Belgium as well as the UK-- all racked up over 80%.

    Although homosexuality is lawful in Azerbaijan, the 2016 index accentuates the country's failing to shield its LGBTI neighborhood from hate criminal offense and also discrimination. The testimonial connects the low rating to the high number of homophobic and transphobic fierce attacks, along with prejudiced remarks made by political numbers.

    \" Of all the social teams that are victims of physical violence and also disgust, we are the ones that struggle most,\" claims gay Azerbaijani protestor, Javid Nabiyev.

    \" Yearly, thousands of LGBTI individuals are exposed to physical, mental as well as economic physical violence by their relative and also individuals around them. They are killed, compelled to live a double life, dedicate self-destruction or leave the nation.\"

    Today, Nabiyev sits in a tiny box-room in a German evacuee shelter, the bare white walls are decorated only with the rainbow LGBTI flag and the nationwide flag of Azerbaijan. Despite every little thing that happened to him there, he says: \"It's my homeland and also I miss it.\"

    Nabiyev's life in Azerbaijan came to be intolerable after he recommended to his boyfriend in 2014, and also the pair became targets of a national hate project. Images of their involvement event uploaded to Facebook discovered their way onto traditional news. The pair's individual details were published online and Nabiyev's neighbours ended up being harmful, he claims.

    The couple took off to Turkey prior to the pressure of mistreatment lastly tore them apart. They returned to Azerbaijan separately, and also Nabiyev proceeded with his activism.

    But his help Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance-- the organisation he started-- made him a fresh target for the authorities. He can no longer count the number of times he's been defeated by authorities and in the media, he was accused of being a western spy. Stressed he could be detained extra permanently, he fled to Germany.

    Bjorn van Roozendaal, programme director of ILGA-Europe, sees the stress between east as well as west as key in the battle for LGBTI rights. \"We've seen a lot of backlash in the region. One common denominator is that Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia all wish to distance themselves from the west and also the LGBTI battle has been at the centre of that,\" he clarifies.

    \" LGBTI legal rights are seen as a modern western worth that the west is trying to impose as well as this attitude truly comes with the expense of the LGBTI neighborhood.\"

    Azerbaijan is a member of the Council of Europe, which explains itself as \"the continent's leading human rights organisation.\" All CoE participants have signed the European Convention of Human Rights, in which post 14 forbids discrimination \"on any type of ground such as sex, sex\".

    In September 2015, the EU Parliament passed a resolution on Azerbaijan, condemning its therapy of human rights protectors as well as said it was \"very concerned over the circumstance of LGBTI individuals\".

    Yet van Roozendaal is not positive regarding the resolution's power. \"I do not think that a nation like Azerbaijan actually cares what the EU assume. I do not think they wish to be seen to be advertising LGBTI civil liberties,\" he states. \"Modification is not mosting likely to take place in leading down way, it's going to come from bottom up-- from activists on the ground.\"

    He can not speak freely regarding the job ILGA-Europe is performing in Azerbaijan because \"any type of type of exposure that we offer to the work we do, puts individuals in jeopardy. This work is made very difficult by the federal government, which is very depressing.\"

    He can say that they are functioning to support the LGBTI communities to enlighten them on how to play it safe as well as document dislike criminal offense. But it's difficult to sustain grassroots teams. \"There are strict controls on any kind of money that goes into the country, so it's hard to fund even understanding projects,\" he says.

    Nabiyev's is simply one of several tales to have actually dripped out of the country in the past few years.

    One of the most top-level was the death of Isa Shakhmarli in 2014, a leading LGBTI lobbyist that killed himself draped in the rainbow flag. He left behind a video in which he stated: \"I attempted to explain that love is love as much as I might yet my family and friends never recognized.\"

    After his death, his pal Lala Mahmudova took control of his duty at the LGBTI organisation, AZAD. Mahmudova, who is straight and currently studying in Chicago, states she is frequently criticised for sustaining LGBTI equality.

    \" On Facebook, a lot of my family members and friends have actually blocked me because I sustain LGBTI people. They state, 'You are breaking our society's values'.\"

    Mahmudova sees physical violence and misuse at the hands of relative as a major problem. \"I recognize a lot of transgender individuals that are beaten by their daddies, siblings and moms. It begins with their family members,\" she states. But with no LGBTI shelters in Azerbaijan and a greatly unsympathetic law enforcement agency, there is little Mahmudova or AZAD can do to aid people in this situation.

    Offered the dangers, for many individuals coming out to friends and family is too harmful. Ahmad-- not his actual name-- a 21-year-old trainee living in the capital, Baku, clarifies: \"If my brother as well as my uncle discover [I'm gay], they will certainly obtain extremely upset and also I do not know what could take place.\"

    Ahmad does not seem like he has a family, as well as claims he could never ever approach the authorities for assistance. \"As a country, we have no count on for our police or our federal government,\" he says. \"I have actually constantly felt I have nobody but myself to lean on.\"

    Gay guys speak up about Azerbaijan's LGBT suppression: 'They provided me electrical shocks'

    Legal representatives and lobbyists state dozens of gay and also transgender individuals have been arrested and restrained

    Numerous men have actually stepped forward with direct accounts of a supposed suppression on the LGBT neighborhood in Azerbaijan.

    Among the men, who remained confidential, claimed he was restrained for 9 days and hurt.

    Loads of gay as well as transgender individuals in Azerbaijan have been jailed, restrained and also compelled to surrender good friends to authorities, according to lawyers and also activists in the country.

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in the majority-Muslim country in 2000 and also people are lawfully permitted to change their gender, but animosity towards LGBT individuals still stays.

    A few of those arrested have actually gone through poundings, abuse as well as required medical examinations, attorneys said, although these records could not be independently validated.

    Trans females have actually had their heads forcibly shaven, according to a report by British gay civil liberties charity Stonewall.

    One Baku-based activist, who favored to stay anonymous, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that authorities were targeting \"main roads, metro stations as well as LGBT-friendly put like clubs, pubs and also bars.\"

    Authorities in Azerbaijan have alleged that those arrested were involved in sex work, although almost all cases the implicated have refuted such allegations.

    One unrevealed guy told Radio Free Europe authorities made him sign records that \"were currently filled out\" in addition to various other blank documents, before questioning him regarding seeing \"clients\".

    Azerbaijan has a bad document when it involves shielding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and also intersex individuals.

    Previously this year, the nation was ranked the worst place in Europe for LGBT civil liberties, with a 5 percent score compared to 76 percent in the UK.

    The claims follow a supposed anti-LGBT cleanup performed by authorities in Chechnya previously this year, in which numerous gay men were supposedly apprehended, detained and also hurt in the conservative republic.

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    Azerbaijan Detains Dozens of Gay as well as Transgender Individuals

    MOSCOW-- More than 50 gay as well as transgender people in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, were detained as well as abused in a series of raids over the past week, legal representatives and also legal rights lobbyists claimed.

    The Azerbaijani government stated the raids were prompted by several problems from local residents, who had urged the authorities to crack down on the prohibited sex sell central Baku, a city of greater than two million.

    Nonetheless, legal representatives and also activists stated that the majority of those detained were not engaged in hooking and that the accusations were utilized as a pretext for oppression.

    Samed Rahimli, a legal representative helping the victims, claimed the cops had \"targeted homosexuals as a whole, not prostitutes as they have actually claimed.\"

    \" The apprehended were subjected to ruthless treatment and abuse,\" he claimed. \"Their heads were cut, some were electroshocked.\"

    Lawyers as well as protestors stated that sex-related minorities have actually been harassed in the past, but that the most up to date raids were without current criterion.

    Speaking to the regional APA news firm on Tuesday, Ekhsan Zakhidov, a representative for the Azeri Interior Ministry, stated the raids were \"justified.\"

    \" People, contaminated with AIDS and also other sexually transmitted diseases present a threat to lives and wellness of young people, who enter contact with them,\" stated Mr. Zakhidov, asserting that 16 of those apprehended had AIDS or syphilis.

    The suppression generated contrasts to methods seen in the Chechnya area of Russia, where lots of gay guys were detained, and in many cases tortured as well as some eliminated, in a suppression in April.

    In Azerbaijan, Mr. Rahimli, the legal representative, as well as various other supporters said their clients hesitated to be named openly, to submit complaints against the police or to review their experiences, in some cases due to the fact that their families did not know regarding their sexuality.

    The Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance, a campaigning for group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, released an account online by one male, determined just as Hasan.

    \" They were beating me,\" the declaration said. \"The authorities told me that I am doing hooking as well as must provide details concerning clients.\" In the declaration, Hasan stated he was not a woman of the street.

    Homosexuality was legalized in Azerbaijan, a primarily Muslim former Soviet republic in Central Asia, in 2000, but discrimination and also even violence continue to be troubles.

    Most of those arrested were punished to approximately one month behind bars, after being billed with disobeying authorities orders, claimed Javid Nabiyev, a regional activist who is aiding attorneys appeal the sentences.

    Several were restrained at home or at work, revealing their sexual orientation to their families and coworkers, stated Mr. Rahimli, one of the lawyers.

    A protestor as well as employee of Minority, a publication in Azerbaijan that covers gay and also transgender concerns, that spoke on the problem of privacy for concern of retribution from the federal government, claimed many sufferers had been forced by the police to supply names of their friends and associates.

    Some sufferers were apprehended after being tempted to satisfy in the city by the authorities, that were presenting online as gay or transgender people searching for dates, the activist added.

    Many of those influenced lived in rented out houses, which their landlords informed them to abandon after the raids, the protestor said. Some ran away for Turkey or went to hide in other areas of Azerbaijan.

    Authorities 'assembling as well as tormenting' gay as well as trans individuals in Azerbaijan

    Pictures uploaded on social media sites revealed males and females being physically assaulted and battered by law enforcement officer, reflecting practices seen in Chechnya earlier this year.

    Despite homosexuality being lawful in Azerbaijan, it seems clear that the legal rights of its LGBT people are hanging back European neighbours as well as with the UEFA Euro 2020 over the perspective, severe concerns have actually been elevated regarding the nation's capacity to organize the worldwide occasion.

    Lobbyists are reporting that generally gay males and transgender ladies are being targeted, with Police forcing them to cut their heads. Those jailed are being held for as much as 1 month and are being forced to reveal the names and address of other LGBT people.

    Homosexuality is not prohibited in Azerbaijan, nevertheless the legalisation in 2000 leaves the country routing behind its European neighbors on the road to LGBT equality. Additionally, there are currently no laws that shield the rights of LGBT individuals and given recent events, numerous are being left in worry of their very own lives.

    The Azerbaijani capital Baku, where the arrests occurred, is because of organize the UEFA Euro 2020. It is just one of thirteen European cities to organize the European Football Champions, with the city's National Arena being utilized for the group phase as well as quarter-finals.

    It's not the first time the city has actually held a vital European occasion. Baku was the host for the Eurovision Tune Contest in 2012. The tune contest brings in an extremely wide LGBT adhering to, many of whom joined fellow Eurovision fans in Azerbaijan that year, happening against a background of stress as well as objections.

    Iran withdrew its ambassador from Baku in the develop to the Eurovision Track Contest, asserting that Azerbaijan was engaging in \"anti-Islamic behavior.\"

    There were likewise complaints from Iranian clerics and also lawmakers that Baku would be holding a \"gay parade\"; comments which just intensified the already developed tensions between the two countries.

    There are renewed require UEFA to react to current violations in human rights, as a way of sending a message of approval and also variety within the sport.

    Azerbaijan: First ever gay pride 'mini rally' kept in nation capital without arrests or harassment

    In what is believed to be the very first pride party in Azerbaijan, a group of gay marchers just recently displayed a \"miniature rally\" via the capital city Baku, without arrests, reports of harassment, or violence at the demonstration.

    Oxu news reports that the event, organised by gay legal rights protestors Ruslan Baluxin, happened \"in a pleasant ambience and also without cases\" on Saturday.

    According to Modern Azerbaijan, the advocates covered their faces, however additionally increased rainbow satisfaction flags high over their heads.

    Although homosexuality was decriminalised in 2001, LGBT individuals in the Muslim nation are claimed to still suffer oppression and harassment.

    The 2012 Eurovision song contest, held in Azerbaijan, was charged by Iranians of hosting a gay satisfaction march to accompany the occasion. Nonetheless, Ali Hasanov dealt with a press conference to make clear the issue.

    \" They are making statements concerning something that does not exist. We are holding Eurovision, not a gay parade,\" he stated.

    He included: \"There is no word in the Azerbaijani language for a gay parade, unlike in their language.\"

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    Gay couple in Azerbaijan compelled to flee after engagement vow makes neighborhood news

    Little ceremony with close friends sparks homophobic fatality risks after being reported by numerous media networks

    A gay pair in Azerbaijan have actually obtained death hazards and been required to go underground after getting participated in a tiny ceremony.

    Javid Nabiyev and his companion exchanged vows in presence of a handful of pals previously this week in Sumqayit on the Caspian sea, a year after they first fulfilled.

    However when several news networks in Azerbaijan picked up their exclusive pictures on Facebook, they were inundated with hate mail from individuals who stated they should have to pass away.

    \" We obtained homophobic spoken attacks,\" stated Nabiyev, that is the head of the Azerbaijani gay civil liberties advocacy group, Nafas Azerbaijan LGBT partnership. \"Some individuals said 'You need to pass away, I'll kick you in the street, I'll kill you',\" he told the Guardian on phone from Baku.

    The 25-year-old stated he had actually had to leave home since individuals had collected outside and also shouted homophobic misuse.

    \" We were engaged; not in a huge ceremony. It took place between our buddies at my home as well as just 8 individuals were welcomed,\" he claimed.

    \" At midnight yesterday, I needed to transform the place I was living in. People in my apartment had heard about the information as well as I listened to people gathering outside my home as well as ridiculing us,\" he claimed. \"It was extremely horrible. Yet I'm now in a refuge in a friend's home.\"

    Homosexuality is lawful in Azerbaijan, but Nabiyev claimed discrimination against the gay and also lesbian area as well as homophobia was rife.

    \" After the information agencies published write-ups on the basis of my exclusive Facebook publishing, individuals revealed very homophobic reaction,\" he stated.

    Nabiyev's 19-year-old companion, whose identification is withheld to protect his safety and security, especially, is dealing with a dilemma in your home. His dad threatened to send him to the army rather than college after listening to the information.

    \" I don't recognize what has actually occurred to my companion. He is with his parents now,\" Nabiyev stated. \"He sent me a quick message that his father wishes to send him to the army. His parents have actually additionally taken all our documents, which we would certainly need to generate a ticket if we were ever to leave the country.\"

    Nabiyev said that his partner's mommy had actually thrown gasoline on him and attempted to set him on fire last month, yet the strike did not do well.

    In spite of increasing homophobic strikes, Nabiyev claimed the authorities does not listen to their demands for security.

    Nabiyev's organisation have actually tried to lobby participants of the parliament to elevate the LGBT problems with Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, but they haven't gone as well much.

    \" Our government is additionally homophobic,\" the advocate claimed. \"We produced a campaign to raise LGBT issues with the president and also one MP asked him regarding the situation of LGBTs in Azerbaijan, but he really did not point out the LGBT area whatsoever in his response.\"

    The 2012 Eurovision song contest, which took place in Baku, drew a great deal of focus towards civils rights abuses, including those worrying the LGBT area, in Azerbaijan. The former Soviet republic has a notorious performance history on human rights as well as freedom of expression.

    Eurovision Glamour Is Secured, However, for Azerbaijan's Gays, It's Same Old Song

    Azerbaijan won holding rights for this year's Eurovision Song Competition after the nation's access right into last year's competition, Ell and Nikki (above), took home leading honors.

    Protestor Ruslan Balukhin: \"Culture does not accept you or your pals. And that's extremely hard to handle.\"

    The government in Baku spent $134 million to build the 23,000-seat Crystal Hall for this year's Eurovision contest.

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