LGBTI+ activist, Ali Malikov who was recently detained in Baku, Azerbaijan, has taken to social media to share distressing details about the treatment endured during their detention. Malikov, who was amongst the activists protesting the arrests of trans community members, described a harrowing experience lasting over 20 hours.
In their tweet, Malikov revealed that their detention involved physical contact, threats, and confinement in a small, airless room. They recounted the presence of two other individuals – Aleksandra and Shabnam, one of whom appeared to have been subjected to sexual abuse. The activist expressed deep concern for the well-being of those affected.
Although Malikov and fellow activist Javid Nabiyev were fined 70 AZN and 300 AZN, respectively, they were not immediately released. Instead, they were forcefully returned to the cramped room where they had been held. The police allegedly pushed and hit them, exacerbating an already distressing situation. Malikov tearfully recounted enduring torture alongside other detainees throughout the day.
The police proceeded to release of Ali and Javid, while others were detained for 15 administrative days. The police brought the released individuals face-to-face with those still detained, seemingly intending to traumatise both parties. Malikov interpreted this action as a deliberate attempt to instil fear and distress.
The accounts shared by Malikov shed light on the alleged mistreatment and trauma experienced by LGBTI+ activists during their detention. These revelations have further intensifies concerns about the treatment of LGBTI+s in Azerbaijan and raises urgent calls for the protection of their rights and dignity.