Declaration of Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan – 22nd January date as ‘LGBT Pride Day In Azerbaijan’

IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are posting this article written by Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance


Isa Shahmarli, Photo Courtesy Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan

A well-known gay rights defender, head of Free LGBT in Azerbaijan Isa Shahmarli, has committed suicide. We can see the causes of his action on his last Facebook post: ‘This country, this world is not for me. I blame you all for my death.’ He is one of the numerous people who committed suicide in this month as they couldn’t bear discrimination from their peers or family. As a Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan organization we feel extremely sorry about this tragic loss: our hearty condolences to all LGBT community in Azerbaijan. We blame those who are guilty of increasing rate of hate crimes.

Unawareness and disinformation in this field gives rise to the neglect of homosexual people. Isa Shahmarli was fighting against discrimination in our society. He didn’t hanged himself, hate of society hanged him. We have to fight against hate. Therefore, we call for all those of humanists to join to our ranks.

As a mark of respect for Isa and hundreds of victims of hate crimes, we would like to declare that, from now on we will celebrate 22nd January date as ‘LGBT Pride Day’.

Rest in peace, Isa Shahmarli.