Activists from Azerbaijan took part in the creation of the Regional Network Against Homophobia’s Memorandum, dedicated to May 17, which highlighted human rights abuses in 17 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
In specific reference to Azerbaijan, activists highlighted:
- Police abuses against gays, mainly male sex workers
- Usage of homosexuality by state-controlled media outlets as a tool to harass and discredit critics of the government and opposition journalists
About the Network: The Regional Network, established in May 2011, works for the “joint improvement of the legal and social status of the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer) people in”: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Macedonia, Montenegro, Palestine, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkey.
For more information see: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/activists-from-17-nations-publish-joint-statement-for-may-17-2013/