|Amnesty Report Reveals Widespread LGBTI Persecution in Armenia|
by Redaktie in History & Politics , 23 October 2013
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The persecution of LGBTIs in Armenia is widespread, according to the Amnesty report Armenia: No Space for Difference, published, which was published last August. The report reveals an alarming culture of persecution of individuals that are critical of the current regime or individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).
The Armenian authorities are also unwilling to protect LGBTI activists against acts of violence and discrimination by its citizens. Furthermore, there are reports that show that the police and the administration of justice are guilty of discrimination against LGBTIs.
This is contrary to various international treaties on the protection of human rights activists, also signed by Armenia. In the report, Amnesty makes a number of recommendations to improve the situation.
Homosexual acts are not punishable by law in Armenia, but there is no constitutional protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Armenia is hoping to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union this autumn, and partly because of this, the Armenian government has proposed new anti-discriminatory legislation in which sexual orientation and gender identity are mentioned.
By now, these grounds have been dropped because of social protests against them. Amnesty therefore doubts whether the Armenian authorities are willing to make a genuine effort to protect the LGBTI community.
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