A series of brutal and sweeping arrests of LGBT people in Baku, Azerbaijan led to 83 people being detained, 46 charged with fake offences, and dozens more harassed, intimidated, and then released. Many who were detained were abused, tortured, and forced to report on their friends and community members.
International pressure from human rights organisations led to the release of all the detainees on October 2 2017, but the community is still in crisis and in desperate need of help. Many have been evicted, lack money for food, or are suffering the psychological and physical consequences of the anti-LGBT campaign.
Regnbågsfonden together with Civil Rights Defenders and their local partners are working to provide secure housing, psychological support services, and other forms of direct aid to those affected.