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Statement on recent arrests of LGBTI persons in Azerbaijan

Spokesperson of the Secretary General Strasbourg 2 October 2017
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Statement on recent arrests of LGBTI persons in Azerbaijan

We are very concerned by reports from Azerbaijan alleging mistreatment of LGBTI persons by police. Discrimination of minorities, sexual or other, is against the European Convention of Human Rights. LGBTI persons have no special rights under the Convention; they have the same rights as anyone else. Azerbaijan should ensure these rights are respected and the reported mistreatments are thoroughly investigated. We are following developments closely.