Today – on May 17, is the International day of fight against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
Armenia, with more than 100 countries, also participates in that campaign carrying out a number of activities within a week, which aim at raising the problems of LGBT people.
On this occasion, “Public Information and Need of Knowledge” NGO (PINK Armenia) sent letters to the president of Armenia, the prime minister, National Assembly, ministries, the Constitutional court, the prosecutor’s office and the police.
The letters provided information on the state of LGBT people in Armenia, research data were presented and appropriate recommendations to relevant departments were submitted.
Particularly, RA president was suggested:
- To monitor the cases of direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and to examine the existing legal arrangements in the area, as well as to come up with new legislative suggestions or with suggestions on implementing changes in the existing laws.
- To ensure legislative arrangements for fighting against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by ensuring equal rights and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.
The above-mentioned proposals were sent to all departments.
Prime minister was also suggested:
- To implement RA responsibilities undertaken by international conventions and all the suggestions directed to the Republic of Armenia ensuring the realization of LGBT rights made by Human Rights Convention and other bodies, including UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Committee, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.
Police and prosecution:
- To adopt the principle of non-discrimination as a basic rule of human and civil rights and fundamental freedoms while carrying out law enforcement activities.
MPs were also suggested to consider this principle while adopting laws and other legal acts, and Constitutional court – while hearings and determining the constitutionality of legal acts.
Ministry of Education and Science:
- To promote the creation of knowledge-based and relevant to international professional standards education, training and monitoring mechanisms of sexual orientation and gender identity-related issues in RA
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs:
- To create knowledge-based and relevant to international professional standards education, training and monitoring mechanisms of sexual orientation and gender identity-related issues in social sector of RA
Ministry of Health:
- To create knowledge-based and relevant to international professional standards education, training and monitoring mechanisms of sexual orientation and gender identity-related issues in healthcare sector of RA
Homosexuality ceased to be considered a mental disorder when On May 17 of 1990, the serial classification number of diseases was published by the World Health Organization.
After 15 years, with the efforts of 24 thousand people and a number of international organizations this day had been chosen to celebrate the International day against homophobia.
In 2009 transphobia and biphobia were added to the name of the campaign.
Armenia has joined the campaign since 2010.
The day aims to draw attention of the world on violence, oppression and discrimination against homosexual, bisexual and transgender people.
You can found the full content of the letters in the links below.