In the Azerbaijani capital Baku in police raids detained more than 50 gay and transgender people, reports The New York Times. Authorities claim that the inspections are conducted in response to numerous complaints from residents who call for an end to the illegal prostitution in the Azerbaijani capital. Activists say they take everybody, and some to the police were tortured with electric shocks.
Homosexuality in Azerbaijan is not punishable by law, points DW. According to media reports, the raids were carried out under the guise of medical check-UPS for HIV and AIDS. “Officially refers to a medical examination, and six were identified with some disease. We can’t prove it yet,” said “Rain” the human rights activist said Rahimli.
NYT Rahimli said that the police raids “aimed at homosexuals in General and not prostitutes, they (the authorities) claim.” According to him, the detainees gay and transgener subjected to “inhuman treatment and torture.” He argues that their heads were shaven, some used a Taser.
Young people were detained at home or at work. Some were detained after police met with them on social networks and set up a meeting, posing as gay. Activist Javid Nabiyev says that many of the detainees were subsequently arrested for 30 days on charges of disobeying police. This information confirms the website “Real time”.
Activist, covering the issues of gay and transgender people, who spoke with NYTна condition of anonymity, said that the police forced many detainees to disclose the names of their friends and fellow members of the LGBT community.
Azerbaijani police deny the allegations of harassment of members of the LGBT community. The interior Ministry of Azerbaijan reported that the mass detention took place in the framework of the fight against prostitution.