Below is a statement [Written declaration No. 584 | Doc. 13690 | 28 January 2015] by 22 delegates of the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe):
[For background: Tabloid of hate: virulent homophobia awarded by Armenia president’s state medal and stamped by court’s approval]
On 17 May 2014 the Armenian newspaper ‘Iravunk’ published an article on its website entitled “They serve the interests of international homo-addiction [sic] lobbying: the blacklist of the country’s and nation’s enemies”. It attacked “homosexual lobbyists” for trying to “aggressively enforce their moral dogma on our country”. Demanding “zero tolerance”, it identified 60 people, calling for them to be ostracised, denied employment and access to the media, and excluded from participation “in the upbringing of younger generations”.
The chair of the ‘Iravunk’ board, Hayk Babukhanyan, is an MP for Armenia’s governing political faction, the Republican Party.
The authorities have failed to condemn this incitement to hatred and discrimination. On the contrary, on 25 October Mr Babukhanyan was awarded a medal of honour by the President of Armenia. A law suit against “Iravunk” for defamation was dismissed six days later.
We call upon:
• Armenia’s delegates to this Assembly, particularly those from the Republican Party, to impress upon colleagues the need to refrain from incitement to hatred and discrimination;
• The Armenian authorities to condemn such incitement unreservedly and to put in place measures to implement the Committee of Ministers Recommendation on combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Ms Petra De SUTTER, Belgium, SOC
Ms Boriana ÅBERG, Sweden, EPP/CD
Mr Claude ADAM, Luxembourg, SOC
Mr Paride ANDREOLI, San Marino, SOC
Mr Gerardo GIOVAGNOLI, San Marino, SOC
Mr Jonas GUNNARSSON, Sweden, SOC
Ms Monica HAIDER, Sweden, SOC
Ms Eva-Lena JANSSON, Sweden, SOC
Ms Lotta JOHNSSON FORNARVE, Sweden, UEL
Mr Pierre-Yves LE BORGN', France, SOC
Mr Philippe MAHOUX, Belgium, SOC
Ms Marit MAIJ, Netherlands, SOC
Ms Liliane MAURY PASQUIER, Switzerland, SOC
Mr Michael McNAMARA, Ireland, SOC
Ms Ana Catarina MENDONÇA, Portugal, SOC
Ms Marie-Claude MORIN, Canada
Ms Melita MULIĆ, Croatia, SOC
Mr Michele NICOLETTI, Italy, SOC
Ms Carina OHLSSON, Sweden, SOC
Ms Maria de Belém ROSEIRA, Portugal, SOC
Ms Deborah SCHEMBRI, Malta, SOC
Ms Tineke STRIK, Netherlands, SOC