Gulnara Mehtiyeva of the Minority Azerbaijan organization told The Associated Press the arrests that started on Sept.
18 "are the most extensive raids against representatives of sexual minorities in our country." An attorney helping to coordinate legal representation for those arrested, Samed Rahimli, says at least 46 people have been sentenced to between 10 to 30 days in jail for resisting police.
It is with great concern that we call on friends and partners of ILGA-Europe to help us support the LGBTI movement in Azerbaijan.
ILGA-Europe are extremely concerned by news of human rights abuses emerging from Azerbaijan, the country ranked worst in Rainbow Europe.
However, the vast majority of those arrested deny being involved in sex work.José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.According to information received by the experts, some of the detainees allegedly suffered beatings, humiliation, electric shocks and forced shaving, partly to coerce them to incriminate themselves or disclose the names of acquaintances, and some were held incommunicado.These would constitute violations of the obligations of Azerbaijan to prevent and protect people from torture and ill-treatment.