Please join us in urging Sec. Tillerson and the Administration to condemn the recent crackdown of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in Azerbaijan. Several reports have estimated over 80 people were arrested and fined, while at
least 45 were detained, beaten and tortured. While the Azeri government has claimed arrests made over the past two weeks were not strictly targeting the LGBTQ community, local activists and rights groups say the raids only led to the arrests of gay and trans
people. According to activists, the government focused on “main streets, metro stations and LGBT-friendly places like clubs, pubs, and bars” as its main targets.