Gay couple was attacked in Baku

Gay couple living in Baku's Yasamal district was subjected to homophobic attacks by neighbours. The victims themselves informed Minority Azerbaijan about this. 

One of them said that a week ago, neighbours criticised him for wearing shorts, and then they chased his friend, who hugged him and left.

On the evening of June 4, they heard a loud knock on the door of their house for about half an hour, but did not raise their voices because of fear. 

The couple said they were first verbally and then physically assaulted by neighbors on their way to a store in their area on June 5. About eight people blocked the couple and made homophobic remarks, criticising their clothes and lifestyle. One of them later threatened to stab the victims if they returned home in the evening. The couple managed to videotape the attack. 

The victims left the house with some belongings and complained to the 28th police station in the area. They also provided video evidence to the police. Police told the victims that the event will be investigated.

The couple said they had a psychological shock after the incident. Although their belongings remain in the house where they live, they are afraid to return there and have temporarily moved to a safe address.

According to ILGA Europe, Azerbaijan has been ranked last among 49 European countries in terms of LGBTQ + rights for the past few years, including 2021.

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