Today has been held the meeting between Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance and European Union. The political adviser of EU’s Baku Mission Alexandra Krasteva, Councilor’s Adviser Ovidiu-Viorel Naftanaila, Program director Məryəm Hacı-İsmayılova, President of Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance Cavid Nabiyev and the Executive director Tural Məmmədov took part in this meeting.
Cavid Nabiyev spoked about the policy of Azerbaijania officials towards LGBT community: Homophobia is on the official level in Azerbaijan. Despite signing several International Conventions on Human Rights still no official programs in this area been implemented. On the contrary LGBT people are facing violence from police and get forced to cooperate with them. Also nothing is done in the area of Healthcare and Education in order to improve the life of LGBT community in Azerbaijan. There is a legislative loophole, lack of interest of the government in the area of LGBT equality legislation in Azerbaijan. That is why we as an organization see our main goal in enhancement of legislation and bringing it into force. We will be working on developing new bills and representation of our interests in the Parliament by at least one deputy.
Executive director of Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance Tural Məmmədov spoked about the homophobia in Azeri society and its complication: Unfortunately our society by using the religious dogmas discriminates people who were born homosexual, hates them and doesn’t accept their lifestyle. They are getting oppressed by the society and face the economical and psychological abuse.
This situation is even worse outside the capital in rural areas, where homosexuals are forced to marry by their family. Recently because of these and other reasons cases of suicide among homosexuals are increasing. There are also many cases of hate crimes. We are convinced that one of the main reasons of homophobia in our society is the extreme lack of information in this area.
The political adviser of EU’s Baku Mission Alexandra Krasteva noted that the Mission is closely following the activity of Nəfəs and supports it. Also Mrs. Krasteva said that she is looking forward to broaden the cooperation with Nəfəs and showed an interest in holding such meetings on regular basis.