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Officials: Azerbaijan Releases Detainees from LGBT Crackdown

Flags from a 2015 rally for Azerbaijani LGBT rights in Germany. (Photo: Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance)

Azerbaijan’s authorities have released all of the gay and transgender people detained in raids across Baku last month, government officials and the detainees' lawyers have told EurasiaNet.org.

More than 83 people were detained between Sept. 15 and 30, according to an official statement, and all have been released.

In the statement, released October 2, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said that 83 people were detained between September 15 and 30 for “offering intimate services” and to check them for sexually transmitted diseases.

“According to medical findings, 32 [of those detained] had different venereal diseases; six have AIDS, six have HIV, 16 have syphilis, two have acute urethritis, and two have Hepatitis” it said. That was a more detailed explication of claims authorities have repeatedly made about the level of diseases found among those detained.

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