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Strasbourg, 7 June 2016 – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today publishes its new report on Azerbaijan. While progress was achieved in areas such as migration legislation and living conditions of historical minorities, other issues give rise to concern, such as the continued use of hate speech, a crackdown on independent civil society and media, prejudice against LGBT people and discrimination against religious minorities.

At the same time, ECRI expresses concern about a wide ranging crack-down on independent civil society and media. As a result, vulnerable groups can no longer turn to NGOs for assistance in cases of racism, hate speech and discrimination.

Azerbaijan has not enacted comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation and there is no institution responsible for preventing and combating racism and discrimination in the private sector. ECRI also deplores a considerable number of violent attacks against LGBT persons, many committed by family members.

In its report, the Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission addresses several recommendations to the Azerbaijani authorities. The following two recommendations are to be implemented on a priority basis:

- create conditions under which a diverse and independent civil society can develop; 
- fulfil the promise given when acceding to the Council of Europe to enact legislation on alternatives to military service.

As an interim follow-up, ECRI will assess the priority implementation of these two recommendations within two years.

Link to the official web page of ECRI

Last modified on Wednesday, 08 June 2016

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