A European rights watchdog on Monday expressed concern over a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan last month of people who made "offers of sexual services" that human rights groups say targets the Muslim country's gay community. In a letter to Interior Minister Ramil Usubov, the Council of Europe rights commissioner spoke of alleged "discrimination" against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Earlier this month, the interior ministry and prosecutor general announced that at least 83 people were arrested in raids from September 15 to 30, after they made "offers of sexual services to locals and tourists".
October 16 / Yahoo! News