LGBT rights in Azerbaijan

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LGBT rights in Azerbaijan
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 2000
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex relationships
Adoption -
Military service Banned from military service
Discrimination protections None

2000 saw the abolishment of the Azerbaijani law forbidding homosexual interactions (gay sex).[1] A special edition of Azerbaijan, the official newspaper of the Parliament, published on 28 May, reported that the Parliament had approved a new Criminal Code, and that the President had signed a decree bringing it into force in September. The text of the new Criminal Code was also published. From this it is clear that the old Article 113 (inherited from the Soviet era, and which punished anal sex between men with three years imprisonment)[2] has been replaced with a new Article 150, which bans only forcible sexual acts.

Although homosexual acts between consenting male adults were officially decriminalized, reports about police abuses against gays, mainly male prostitutes, persisted during the last year. While complaining of the violence against them, the victims preferred to remain anonymous fearing retaliation on the part of police." (2001 Report of the International Helsinki Federation).

State-controlled media outlets use homosexuality as a tool to harass and discredit critics of the government[3] and opposition journalist[4][5].

The age of consent is equal for both heterosexual and homosexual sex, at 16 years of age.

As of 2009, there are no established forms of legally recognized unions for homosexuals.

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