LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Azerbaijan crisis: donate now

In autumn 2017, ILGA-Europe became extremely concerned by news of human rights abuses emerging from Azerbaijan, the country ranked worst in Rainbow Europe. We launched an emergency fund, and with donations we received were able to help victims take their case to court. 

In autumn 2017 members of the LGBTI community in Baku were being actively targeted by police raids, with those detained being assaulted, forcibly medically examined, fined or forced to reveal contact details from their mobile phones. According to our sources in the region, at least 50 members of the LGBTI community were detained in raids that took place throughout the second half of September. 

We launched an urgent appeal for donations to help organisations on the ground to support these victims. Thank you to everyone who made a generous donation in support of the LGBTI community in Azerbaijan. With the money raised we supported a project aimed at lodging  victims' applications to the European Court of Human Rights. Under this project 25 cases have been lodged. We are looking forward to hearing the response to the court. 

We rely on the generosity of our supporters to continue our work. Please help us respond to crisis sitautions, advocate for the rights of LGBTI people, and strengthen the LGBTI movement throughout Europe and Central Asia. 


Public statements issued by international instiutions and organisations

17 October 2017

Alarming stories have been emerging from Azerbaijan over the past two weeks.

3 October 2017

ILGA-Europe are extremely concerned by news of human rights abuses emerging from Azerbaijan.

27 September 2017