Azerbaijan scored 5 percent on a scale where zero indicates gross human rights violations and percent is the greatest degree of equality under the law, the report said. The ranking analyzed laws and policies governing LGBT matters across 49 European countries over the past year. On the other end of the scale, Malta ranked in first place for the fourth consecutive year and was followed by Belgium and Luxembourg. Homosexuality is not banned in Turkey, but members of the LGBTI community face scores of legal restrictions and hostility from society, with same-sex marriage still not recognized. Homophobia and transphobia are widespread in a country where LGBTI pride marches have been banned for the past three years. Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial will launch this week with a debate and a vote on whether it's even constitutional to prosecute the former president over the deadly Capitol siege now that he's no longer in office.
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey Most Restrictive On Gay Rights In Europe
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A Turkish university cancelled a panel on gay rights after it came under harsh criticism from Islamic extremists who branded the event as "immoral", a liberal daily reported Monday. The Ilke news agency, which is close to Turkey's Islamist Hezbollah movement made up of ethnic Kurds, condemned the timing of the conference, which had been planned for last Thursday, because it coincided with a week of events dedicated to the birth of Prophet Mohammed, the newspaper Radikal reported. Ilke, based in the Kurdish-majority southeastern city of Diyarbakir, also challenged the organiser, assistant professor of architecture Levent Senturk, to prove that he was not a homosexual, the report said. After the conference was cancelled, 12 academics from the Artuklu University in Mardin, another southeastern city where the event was to have been held, released a joint statement saying: "Our scientific events should not be prevented by hate speech, defamation or ostracism. Unlike other Muslim countries, same-sex relationships are not illegal in Turkey, a formally secular nation where prostitution and sex-change operations are legal. But traditional Islamic values hold sway over large sections of society in Turkey, particularly in the Anatolian hinterland in the southeast of the country, where Kurds are the majority. Turkey's Hezbollah, which is unrelated to the Shiite Lebanese group of the same name, is designated as a terrorist organisation by the Turkish government.
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Respondents to a Guardian callout say they are not surprised by a ban on gay cultural events but fearful of what may follow. Days earlier, they banned a festival of German-language gay films in the capital city. I have participated in gay pride in Istanbul since