Head of Karabakh Liberation Organization Akif Tagi illiterately remarked his opinion in media and blamed Dutch embassy for ‘enmity policy against Azerbaijan’. The reason is organized 17 May IDAHOT event – LGBT Pride March to Gobustan by Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance within support of Dutch embassy As a Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance we are very concerned over society’s reaction on our activity 17th May, Day against Homophobia.
Unfortunately, head of Karabakh Liberation Organization Akif Tagi illiterately remarked his opinion on ‘march to Gobustan’ in media and blamed Dutch embassy for ‘enmity policy against Azerbaijan’. But he forgets that rights and liberties of a person cannot be restricted due to race, nationality, religion, language, sex, origin, political and social belonging (Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic, article 25) and in this case he must be punished according to Criminal Code of Azerbaijan (Article 154: violation of right to equality). If he knew our constitution, he would know that homosexual relations aren’t crime at all.
Society cannot come to terms that Azerbaijan is a democratic, secular, law-governed state (Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic, article 7.1), and religion is separated from state (Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic, article 18.1). We understand that, believers in Islam prevail in Azerbaijan and we respect their beliefs. But it doesn’t mean, one can threaten, humiliate LGBT people or their supporters on the basis of their religious beliefs. Everyone has a right to live in this country, including LGBT people, along with religious ones and no one can prohibit this right. Unfortunately, society thinks LGBT has obscene, lascivious lifestyle, but in reality it is not the case. What LGBT wants is just not to be discriminated.
We also want to point out homophobic journalists and their bias in publications of materials on LGBT. Journalist ethics doesn’t allow them to express their subjective opinions or to use LGBT as a means of PR for their web-site. They shouldn’t forget that their hate speech, homophobic language can deprive someones life. Therefore, we think they should pay attention while choosing headlines, pictures and overall information.