“Hate Culture: One Year Later”
May 8th, 2013 – Ani Plaza Hotel, Yerevan
Exactly one year ago, on May 8th, 2012, three young men bombed DIY pub in Yerevan, which was followed by scores of state officials justifying the hateful crime. In connection with this, on May 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm, Ani Plaza Hotel hosted "Hate Culture in Armenia: One Year Later", a round-table discussion organized by concerned citizens with the support of Human Rights House - Yerevan.
The discussion began with activist Lala Aslikyan presenting a chronology of events that took place before and after the bombing. "DIY pub opened its doors in April of 2011 and was subject to frequent threats and attacks by groups of young fascists just a few months after its opening. Attackers would constantly destroy property, break bottles and glass, and spit on the premises," said Lala. "At 5:00am on May 8th, 2012 five young men bombed the pub. A few days later, extremists graffitied the walls of the pub with images and symbols of fascism. Although the suspects were arrested, one suspect was bailed out shortly after and police released the other after he promised not to leave the country."
Tender Gender. WomenFest 2013
On 19th April, sultry and pre stormy day, we gathered in Women's Resource Canter to talk about Position of women in society. Tens of us, different approaches and one will to get know better women's issues.
Presentation "Position of women in society" was organized in a frame of a Women's Fest in Yerevan and as its closing event was a time and space for sum up.
First part of a meeting was focused on presenting situation of women in Armenia; special accent was put on violence against women problem. Our Italian guests, who opened presentation of women's situation from different countries, focused on very similar issues (based on Shadow Report).
Derogatory behavior in educational institutions: April 19th as the “Day of Silence”
On April 19th,which is known internationally as the "Day of Silence," Public Information and Need of Knowledge NGO organized a press conference-discussion regarding debasing, derogatory and violent behaviors in Armenian schools. You can read about it in more detail here.
Behavior that degrades one's dignity is one of the primary and systemic human rights violations that exists, and it includes deprecation, labeling and bullying.
Deprecation is a negative and disrespectful treatment toward a person whose behavior, actions, speech or appearance is deemed unacceptable or disliked by society or by a specific group of people.