Ac­tivists: Azer­bai­jan de­tains, abuses gays

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

MOSCOW — More than 50 gay and trans­gen­der peo­ple in Azer­bai­jan’s cap­i­tal, Baku, were de­tained and abused in raids over the past week, lawyers and ac­tivists said.

The Azer­bai­jani gov­ern­ment said the raids were prompted by com­plaints from res­i­dents, who had urged po­lice to crack down on the il­le­gal sex trade in Baku.

How­ever, lawyers and ac­tivists said that most of those de­tained were not en­gaged in pros­ti­tu­tion and that the ac­cu­sa­tions were used as a pre­text for per­se­cu­tion.

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