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Dozens of LGBT people detained in Azerbaijan capital


September 29, 2017

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Lawyers and activists say dozens of gay and transgender people in Azerbaijan have been swept up in raids in the capital of Baku this month and some were sentenced to up to 30 days in jail.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in majority-Muslim Azerbaijan in 2000, but animosity toward LGBT people remains strong.

Gulnara Mehtiyeva of the Minority Azerbaijan organization told The Associated Press the arrests that started on Sept. 18 "are the most extensive raids against representatives of sexual minorities in our country."

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