Several men have come forward with firsthand accounts of an alleged crackdown on the LGBT community in Azerbaijan. One of the men, who remained anonymous, said he was detained for nine days and tortured. “They gave me electric shocks,” he said in an interview with Radio Free Europe. “They beat me with a stick on my knees. I couldn’t move afterwards.” Dozens of gay and transgender people in Azerbaijan have been arrested, detained and forced to give up friends to authorities, according to lawyers and activists in the country.
October 24 / The Independent