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Famous Armenians for protection of LGBT people in Armenia



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 this statement in the light of anti-gay legislation that was recently proposed in Yerevan. 

"We, the undersigned, write to support democratic and human rights for all in Armenia. We are disturbed by the May 8 firebombing of the gay-friendly bar DIY and the subsequent vandalism of the space. Attacks on the May 21st Cultural Diversity march in Yerevan by a few hundred “neo-fascists,” some wearing swastikas, lead us to fear that the democratic nature of Armenian society is threatened. Though police have done an admirable job of maintaining order over the course of the attacks, the government has not responded directly to the incidents, nor produced a clear message of tolerance for diversity.  Some members of the Armenian government have even made statements condoning these attacks, going so far as to claim that such violence against LGBT Armenians is a means of protecting “the national ideology.”  

We stand with the United Nations, the United States Embassy, Amnesty International, the Armenian Ombudsman, the European Union and the Council of Europe in calling for the Armenian government to act in alignment with global human rights values. We call on President Serzh Sargsyan, his administration, members of Parliament, and all local governing leaders to honor the constitutional right of each citizen of the Armenian Republic to be treated with dignity and respect."

Nancy Agabian, Shushan Avagyan, Arlene Avakian, Peter Balakian, Anna Barseghian, Eve Beglarian, Eric Bogosian, Chris Bohjalian, Diana Der Hovanessian, Gregory Djanikian, Atom Egoyan, Aris Janigian, TJ Jourian, Nina Katchadourian, David Kherdian, Nancy Kricorian, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Marc Nichanian, Meline Toumani, Hrag Vartanian

Photo: Anahit Hayrapetan


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Comments (2)
1. Նարեկ21:13 - 30 October, 2013
Սրանց խելքին նայի, ժողովուրդ~ Հայաստանում մարդու տարրական իրավունքները չեն պահպանվում, դուք ուր եք գնացել հասել, հերիք է copy-paste անեք ամեն ինչը, վերը թվարկված անձանցից բացի մի երկուսից մնացյալը ուր են, երբ այս երկրում ստիպում են արտագաղթել,կեղծ ընտրություններ են անցկացնում, մարդկաց նսեմացնոմւ ու ապատիժ մնալով սպանում Ուր եք այ հայ մտավորականներ, հը?
2. Armenian01:38 - 4 November, 2013
It has been several decades that global society is trying to perceive these emerged alien human typologies in the legal context of democratic states, composed of families.. Overall conceptualizing the situation, there's a common understanding that unless promotion of a religion/ideology does not overlap with the security of the state or culture, it can be allowed. However a small country like Armenia, a culture where the bonding force and ideology is created through the Christian culture and National Army, simply cannot allow itself to be atomized and weakened through this kind's of ideological promotions.. That said, every person should be free to decide what and how they want to be; BUT their individualistic endeavors shell never overlap with the security of the whole state and nation.. The concept of human-rights is still very nascent and changeable, believe it or not.. Armenian's have no choice but to carefully examine every ideological import, before allowing its promotion.. The state has made a wise decision on banning such promotional activities; next step is to balance this kinds of decisions with civil liberties.
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