The United Nations workplace within the capital, Yerevan, which had co-sponsored the human rights listening to, referred to as on Armenian authorities to research and prosecute all crimes and harassment, saying it was involved concerning the “current rise in hate speech and threats of violence in opposition to human rights and L.G.B.T.I. activists.”
Ms. Martirosyan, believed to be the primary transgender lady to have spoken within the meeting, advised the lawmakers that transgender folks have been subjected to discrimination in almost each facet of their lives.
“For those who take 283 because the variety of transgender folks in Armenia whose rights have been violated, then, for me, it signifies that there are 283 criminals in Armenia dwelling subsequent to me and also you,” she stated in keeping with a video of the speech broadly shared on social media. Ms. Martirosyan was referring to the variety of circumstances her group had documented between 2016 and 2018.
“And who is aware of,” she stated, “perhaps the 284th will commit their crime simply tomorrow.”
Vartan Ghukasyan, one other member of Affluent Armenia, advised reporters later that his get together wished “females to be females and males to be males. You may’t combine feminine with male. It’s shameful,” in keeping with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Nikol Pashinyan, the chief of a nonviolent protest motion, was elected prime minister final 12 months on guarantees of sweeping change. Mr. Pashinyan has “publicly denounced any threats of violence and hate speech” on “quite a few events,” a spokesman stated in an electronic mail.
Nonetheless, that has executed little to shift attitudes towards sexual minorities within the largely conservative nation. An inventory of European international locations by gender rights, compiled by the advocacy group Rainbow Europe, persistently ranks Armenia among the many lowest.
Mr. Varzhapetyan stated Proper Facet would reopen its workplace subsequent week.
“We don’t wish to cover, we don’t wish to present society that we’re scared — that’s what they need,” Mr. Varzhapetyan stated. “We’re an open neighborhood and we’re proud. We are going to combat for our rights and alter historical past.”