Fight Against Discrimination and the Necessity to Adopt Law on Anti-Discrimination in Armenia
10.10.2016
12:00
Discrimination is the biggest problem not only for individuals who face discrimination, but also for the whole society: the members of the coalition "Fight against Discrimination and for Equality" announced during the discussion on October 10 at Media Center, emphasizing that there is no anti-discrimination law in the country.

Arman Sahakyan, Representative of New Generation” Humanitarian NGO, Violeta Zopunyan, Head of “Center for Rights Development” NGO, Anahit Simonyan, Project Coordinator at “Women’s Resource Center”, Anahit Chilingaryan, Advocate, participated in the discussion.

“Because of discrimination, a person is disposed of rights and opportunities. In Armenian, one can come across discrimination in all spheres of life – labor market, social and political life, health and education. Many are subjected to discrimination, but they do not even realize it because there is a lack of awareness in the society,” Anahit Simonyan said.  

According to her, there are also many cases of gender discrimination, as a result of which women's right to work is limited.

"Half of the women does not work in Armenia, but 40 percent of the unemployed women have high education and chance to work. But because of the discrimination they are deprived of this opportunity and do not work, as a consequence of which Armenia's GDP annually loses about $50-60 million," Simonyan said.

Arthur Markaryan said that 11 NGOs and 2 journalistic organizations were brought together in 2015 to create a coalition "Fight against Discrimination and for Equality" aiming to create a body in Armenia that would be committed by human rights organizations to reduce and neutralize different manifestations of discrimination.

“A strategic plan of actions was created and the coalition works on the faults of the formats of adopting the law and conducts activities against such cases. One of the goals is to reduce discrimination in the private and public sector. In both public and private sector one can be refused a job because of physical appearance, disability, religious beliefs and other features. Based on all these, our coalition launched the formation of a strategy to combat discrimination,” Makaryan added.

Violeta Zopunyan noted that in 2015 the Ministry of Justice with several NGOs initiated the process of drafting Law on Discrimination. According to her, the number one issue that should be resolved by the law is defining the concept of "discrimination".

“We do not have the definition of what discrimination is and on what grounds people are exposed to discrimination. It is important that the law is passed as it is in international treaties, international standards. There is no need to invent a bicycle, because all these already work in the international experience. The law will prevent discrimination cases and the discriminated individuals will have the opportunity to defend their rights,” Zopunyan said.

She Chilingaryan said they are cooperating with the Eurasia Foundation, which launched the initiative with the Ministry of Justice and the working group still works on the draft.

"We still do not have clear information, whether the bill was developed or not. We sent a request to the Ministry in July, and we were told that analyses were made on the adoption of the law and there is no information about law draft," Chilingaryan said.

She presented their proposals, which were submitted to the Working Group for including in the draft.

"The main proposal is that all information campaigns, cracking stereotypes must be made through the law, but we do not have direct responsibilities that have to be placed on our public bodies. Anti-discrimination, tolerance and diversity preaching should be defined by law as the state's positive obligation. We believe that an independent body should be set up for the fight against discrimination, which should have sanction powers to implement the law, not to put additional burden on the courts and issue binding decisions," Chilingaryan underlined.

He explains that the body should not try to find the guilty ones and punish them, but to try to reconcile the two sides and to find interim solutions both for the victim of the discrimination and the conductor.

"And they can make decisions, assign actions, the fulfillment of which will be mandatory," Chilingaryan added.

To watch the video, follow the link.

Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to lilitarakelyan@pjc.am.

Videos
Print Friendly and PDF
More Press Releases
“Environmental Disaster in Lori: The Consequences of Akhtala Mountain Enrich Combinat”
29.01.2018
12:00
The media regularly reportes that the old mine dumps of Akhtala Mountain Enrich Combinat, situated between Chochkan and Mets Ayrum communities in Lori region, poses a danger to the environment and the population.
“The 4th President of Armenia: a Ceremonial Position or a Weighty Political Figure?”
24.01.2018
12:00
On March 2, 2018, the RA National Assembly will elect the 4th President of Armenia. On January 18, Armen Sargsyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, was nominated as the candidate for the presidency of the Republic of Armenia during the meeting of the executive body of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).
“Does the State Refuse its Obligations? Donation Call by the RA Minister of Defense for the Treatment of the Military Serviceman”
17.01.2018
12:00
On January 13, RA Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan posted on his Facebook page about the treatment expenses of military serviceman Albert Dallakyan, who was wounded as a result of violating the rules for safe handling with a weapon by the platoon commander. The minister urged to donate for surgery of the wounded soldier abroad. The required amount is 46,000 USD.
“Report on Violations of Conscripts’ Rights during the Conscriptions in 2016-2017”
25.12.2017
12:00
The most urgent issue for conscripts involves the health issues and medical conclusions during conscriptions. In 2016-2017, 50 out of 59 applications filed by the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly-Vanadzor Office referred to the health issues of conscripts.
“Is Forgiving Heads of Communities a Recovery of Local Self - Government System or Promotion of Corruption? Response to Serj Sargsyan’s Speech”
19.12.2017
11:00
On December 9, 2017, during the meeting dedicated to local self-government and territorial administration bodies RA President Serzh Sargsyan stated in particular:
Follow us on social networks
Registration of events
Services
Videos
Press Releases
Armenia-Turkey Events