our friends at ILGA-Europe have launched an urgent appeal to help organisations on the ground support victims of the crisis in Azerbaijan, where members of the LGBTI community are being targeted by police raids.
Here is what they are writing.
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. Over the past days we have received reports which suggest the situation is only getting worse.
Members of the LGBTI community in Baku are being actively targeted by police raids, with those detained being assaulted, forcibly medically examined, fined or forced to reveal contact details from their mobile phones.
We have launched an urgent appeal for donations to help organisations in the region to support these victims. Based on our experience in responding to the human rights crisis in Chechnya, with your help we can provide grants to activists working with victims to meet their needs. This might be used to provide psychosocial support, medical assistance, help with rehousing, or legal fees when someone is under arrest, and for court hearings.
Funds will be re-granted to activists working directly with victims and used by ILGA-Europe to cover costs directly associated with working on the crisis in Azerbaijan in line with ILGA-Europe’s accountability standard. Should we raise more money than is needed, your donation will be used to support people in other critical situations in the region.
Your support will make a real difference. Thank you.
You can find constant updates on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on this ILGA-Europe page.