Report: UPR 4th Cycle of Azerbaijan

The present report is prepared for the 4th cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Azerbaijan to take place at the 44th session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, 6-17 November 2023. The report was submitted jointly with Eurasian Coalition for Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity.

The report highlights several areas of concern regarding Azerbaijan’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, in relation to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ) community, including bias-motivated speeches and crimes, as well as threats and attacks against LGBTIQ human rights defenders and activists, with respect to rights to non-discrimination, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and privacy.

The issues raised in the report were selected due to their importance, urgency, and widespread nature. The cases used in the paper are mainly based on the data collected by Nafas and can be acknowledged as first-hand and reliable information.