Statement of Solidarity with Pinar Selek
As an organization striving to end all injustices faced by women in Armenia and all over the world, we at the Women's Resource Center of Armenia condemn the unrighteous lifetime sentence on Pinar Selek, which was ordered by the Istanbul 12th High Criminal Court on January 24, 2013. We believe that this is not only an attack on Pinar Selek, but an attack on the kinds of activism, both in academia as well as on the ground, that have been and continue to be crucial for the survival of minorities and underserved populations both in Turkey and abroad. We write this letter in support of and in solidarity with Pinar Selek, a sociologist and writer, whose research and writing has shed light on issues faced by women, the poor, street children, sexual minorities and the Kurd and Armenian minorities in Turkey. We urge the international community to join us in solidarity with Pinar Selek.
The Staff of the Women's Resource Center of Armenia
The Domestic Violence Bill has been overruled
The Domestic Violence Bill has been overruled. The government has based its rejection of the Bill on the fact that the entire Armenian legislative framework is undergoing a number of changes. Changes being made in the Criminal and Criminal Procedure codes, as well as in the code of Administrative Offences would cause a number of problems in implementing the overruled Bill. For this reason and with the agreement of the government there will be no separate Domestic Violence Statute Book. However, a number of changes will be made to other codes within the Armenian legislative framework.
In solidarity with the women of India
On January 14th, 2013 the Women's Resource Center NGO organized a candle-light vigil in solidarity with the women of India. The vigil was in memory of the 23 year old college student who was raped by 6 men in Delhi and who died a week ago as a result of sustained injuries. A number of NGO representatives, civil society activists and concerned individuals participated. The vigil, which lasted for about an hour, provided an opportunity for participants to meet with the temporary Indian ambassador commissionaire. A letter expressing the WRC concerns and interest in better understanding future steps that the Indian government will take regarding this case was passed on to the ambassador.