Azerbaijan last reported hate crime data to ODIHR for the 2011 Hate Crime Report. Azerbaijan’s hate crime laws are a combination of a general penalty-enhancement provision and a substantive offence. Hate crime data are collected by the Ministry of Interior.

Legislation | TANDIS


Official country information

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced
2015 Not available Not available Not available
2014 Not available Not available Not available
2013 Not available Not available Not available
2012 Not available Not available Not available
2011 1 Not available 1
2010 1 Not available Not available
2009 Not available Not available Not available

Civil society information

Overview of incidents reported by civil society

Bias Motivation Attacks Against People Attacks Against Property
Violent Attacks Threats
Bias against LGBT people100
Grand Total1


Bias against LGBT people
  • Transgender Europe reported the murder of a transgender person.

IGO information


Racism and xenophobia, Bias against LGBT people
  • In its fourth report on Azerbaijan, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that colour, language, citizenship and ethnic origin be included as protected characteristics in the criminal law provisions dealing with hate crimes. It also stated that LGBT people should be better protected in law and in practice. ECRI also highlighted the need for the police and prosecution services to thoroughly investigate all cases of hate crime and conduct outreach to groups likely to be targeted.

Racism and xenophobia
  • In its "Concluding observations on the combined seventh to ninth periodic reports of Azerbaijan", the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed concern about the misuse of criminal code provisions on incitement to hatred and on instances of official condoning of hate crimes.

ODIHR key observations

ODIHR observes that Azerbaijan has not periodically reported reliable information and statistics on hate crimes to ODIHR.