Azerbaijan is the most homophobic country in Europe

According to the rating of the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association ILGA, Azerbaijan is the most intolerant country in Europe with regard to sexual minorities. Azerbaijan ranked  49th  among 49 place, after Russia (48th) and Armenia (47th.) According to the authors of the list, the UK is a country where social equality  is the most respected. In the first three  are Belgium and Malta.

"A common feature uniting Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia,  is that these countries want to distance themselves from the West, and the struggle against homosexuality is in the center of this movement,"  said the representative of ILGA-Europe Bjorn van Roosendaal.

The organization noted that sexual minorities in Azerbaijan are least protected from hate crimes and discrimination, even though homosexuality there is not illegal. -02D-

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