developments in 2013.
It’s pretty good, albeit depressing, reference guide highlighting some of the main cases of human rights violations of LGBT people in Armenia, with (unfortunately!) only very few positive examples.
Issues regarding sexual orientation and gender identity are usually approached from a negative point of view, defenders of LGBT rights are considered as “traitors of the State”, and LGBT people are presented as enemies of society. As a result, any sphere of social life is becoming a place for discrimination, degradation, and ill treatment and violence.Main topics covered in the report include the following:
- General overview of human rights situation of LGBT people
- Elections (presidential; local Yerevan)
- Litigation of DIY pub
- Legislation (propaganda bill; draft law on anti-discrimination)
- Engagement of Diaspora
- Response of international institutions
- Human Rights Ombudsman
- Gender Equality law
- Conference on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance
- Rainbow flag
"Armenian youth will bring more benefit to the people, if they fight against sexual minorities instead of fighting against transportation fare rise." – Galust Sahakyan, vice-president of the [ruling] Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), the head of RPA parliamentary fraction.Report is available in Armenian and English.