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.
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