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Azerbaijani criminal code does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation which can protect LGBTI individuals from hate attacks based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

There is no adoption of a single definition of hate crimes across all criminal justice agencies, which would allow for the tracking of LGBTI hate crime cases at each stage of the criminal justice system, and for policymakers and the wider public to understand better the criminal justice response to those hate crimes. That’s why we are starting an online letter campaign to urge the Azerbaijani Parliament (Milli Majlis) and President to enact the following reforms:

  • Adopt legislations that makes hate crime and hate speech specific offenses or that provides enhanced penalties for any crimes committed with a bias motive;
  • Amend the criminal code to address hate crime and hate speech based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
  • Adopt an anti-discrimination law that criminalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Last modified on Monday, 09 January 2017

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Nafas LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance has been created on December 27, 2012.

Our mission is to improve social-political well-being of humans in Azerbaijan.