In Azerbaijan authorities remain silent over the murder of a trans woman

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03/26/2024

Azerbaijan’s LGBTQI+ community was rocked by the news of yet another murder of a trans woman whose body was found on March 12 on the outskirts of the capital Baku. The news of the murder as well the victim’s photos were circulated among the #LGBTQI+ community. Minority Azerbaijan, an LGBTQI+ rights organisation in a statement asked anyone with additional information to come forward in an attempt to aid the investigation. Meanwhile, LGBTQI+ activists say authorities and local media keep silent over the case. There is very little information about the victim, except her name – Aytan. According to LGBTQI+ activist Alex Shah who was the first to break the news on social media, Aytan was tortured and then killed. In a post on Meta, Shah said Aytan had no one to burry her body. Shah also called on the authorities, to investigate the case. In a separate interview with OC Media, Shah also said, after writing about the case on their social media, and tagging relevant state institutions, they were called in for questioning and informed that additional information is needed in order to to open an investigation. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Anar Gafarov, told OC Media that the ministry had no information about the case.

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