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

New Georgian President: “government must never allow discrimination”
caucasus / georgia

New Georgian President: “government must never allow discrimination”

Giorgi Margvelashvili, the winner of a landslide vote on Sunday to elect the country’s next President, believes that “the objective of a democratic state is to protect the rights of every citizen.” In a written response to a series of questions posed by the voter information website Prezidenti.ge, Margvelashvili outlined his views on various issues, including … 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

Georgian President: Russia foments homophobia
caucasus / georgia / homophobia / religion / russia / UN

Georgian President: Russia foments homophobia

In a provocative speech to the UN General Assembly on September 25, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili read out a long condemnation of Russia’s politics in the former Soviet space.  Saakashvili warned UN delegates that the Russian-backed Eurasian Union was being shaped by “ex-KGB officers in Moscow” and was primarily a tool to maintain influence over … 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