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Ali Malikov

Ali is a journalist and activist from Azerbaijan, and one of the creators of the Qiy Vaar! and Femkulis platforms. His work focuses on a queer-feminist perspective on issues in Azerbaijan, publicising issues faced by queer people in Azerbaijan, monitoring public processes, and sharing queer people’s lived experiences in writing, videos, and podcasts.

A prison within a prison: trans women behind bars in Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijani prisons, trans women face physical violence, sexual abuse, and psychological damage.

Blood and democracy: the fight for animal rights in Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan, animal rights activists have been protesting the illegal shooting of dogs by municipal authorities.

Azerbaijan’s queer sex workers face double isolation

Queer sex workers in Azerbaijan face systemic discrimination by the state, while also struggling to find acceptance within the larger queer community.

Obituary | Avaz Hafizli

Ali Malikov writes about Avaz’s activism for the queer community in Azerbaijan, and his lasting contributions to the movement.