Third phobic attack in Baku in the last five days

On the night of June 3, a gay man was attacked in an area of the capital known as Shamakhinka. The victim himself informed Minority Azerbaijan about this.

The victim, who did not want to be named, said he initially felt harassed by someone. When he entered the road between the neighbourhoods, the man first shouted, then whistled and called him. 

After that, the person approached the victim and demanded him to "be like a man" and "not bend." As a result of the argument, the perpetrator took a cutting tool out of his pocket and scratched the victim's arm from the top to the wrist. The violent man fled the scene after the victim resisted him.

The victim said that he intends to appeal to the relevant authorities. It should be noted that this is the third phobic attack in Baku in the last five days. On May 30, a trans man was physically assaulted in the city center. On June 1, two people attacked a homosexual youth with a piercing tool in the Yasamal district.

According to a report published by ILGA-Europe over the past few years, including the 2021 Rainbow Map, Azerbaijan ranks last among 49 European countries in terms of LGBTIQ+ rights.

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