Government recognised violation of rights of LGBT representatives, however…

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04/11/2024

On 11 April, the European Court of Human Rights announced a decision on the complaints of 24 representatives of the LGBT community. The complaint was related to the mass detentions and administrative arrests of LGBT representatives in Azerbaijan in September 2017. They complained that they were harassed and ill-treated in detention centres because of their orientation and forced medical examinations. The government recognised the violations of the applicants’ rights and expressed readiness to pay them euro 125,000 compensation and an additional euro 3,000 for legal costs. Note that the ECHR excluded 5 applicants from the list – one due to death; others for unknown reasons, and decided to finalise the examination given the government’s readiness to pay compensation.

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