Prominent Armenians call for LGBT equality
armenia / caucasus / homophobia

Prominent Armenians call for LGBT equality

More than two-dozen prominent Armenians in the Diaspora have signed a statement supporting equality and justice for all in Armenia. Among the signatories are poet Diana Der Hovanessian, filmmaker Atom Egoyan, actor and producer Arsinée Khanjian, musician Serge Tankian, and photographer Scout Tufankjian. This array of Armenian artists, intellectuals and professionals felt moved to release … Continue reading

Activists interrupt Council of Europe conference in Armenia
armenia / caucasus / europe

Activists interrupt Council of Europe conference in Armenia

A group of peaceful activists staged a protest in Yerevan today during a “High Level Conference on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Europe” organized by the Council of Europe. The conference takes place in the framework of the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE). According to the CoE website, the … Continue reading

How Russia undermined Armenia’s EU aspirations
armenia / caucasus / russia

How Russia undermined Armenia’s EU aspirations

(Reposted from Unzipped blog, 8 Sep 2013) Surprise. Shock. U-turn… Yet if we look at the bigger picture, including developments of last few months, this turn of events will not seem that surprising. First sign that we are going to witness what we eventually witnessed, i.e. Armenia president announcing (3 September 2013) country’s intention to … Continue reading

Hysteria in Armenia over “Gender Equality Law”
armenia / caucasus / legislation

Hysteria in Armenia over “Gender Equality Law”

(Special to the Armenian Weekly) YEREVAN (A.W.)—In May 2013, Armenia’s Parliament adopted the law on “Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women.” For the past two months, adoption of this piece of legislation has been the topic of an extremely frenzied debate. The discussion became even more heated during the last two weeks of August, … Continue reading

Amnesty: Widespread LGBT harassment in Armenia
armenia / caucasus

Amnesty: Widespread LGBT harassment in Armenia

(Pink News, 22-Aug-2013) A new report by Amnesty International has revealed an alarming culture of persecution in Armenia against the country’s LGBT community. The 20-page report, Armenia: No space for difference, exposes the harassment and intimidation suffered by civil society activists and journalists who question the mainstream view of the country’s conflict with Azerbaijan over … Continue reading