Canada concerned by reports of violence against LGBTQ2 people in Azerbaijan


September 30 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Randy Boissonnault, the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two spirited) Issues, today issued the following statement:

“Canada will continue to fight for the human rights of LGBTQ2 people and speak out unequivocally against violence that targets individuals on the basis of gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation.

“Canada is concerned by the recent reports of arrests, detentions and violence targeting LGBTQ2 people in Azerbaijan.

“Azerbaijan has an obligation to protect the rights of all of its citizens. Human rights have no borders—and we call for the protection of all people in Azerbaijan whose sexual orientation makes them a target for persecution.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Andrew Korenic
Office of the Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues

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