The 2018 ‘Velvet’ Revolution marked a turning point for Armenia. A decade earlier, the authorities in Yerevan had dispersed peaceful protestors with lethal force following a contested presidential election. But Armenia’s democratic transition has still yet to be fully secured. Recent hostilities with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh poses new challenges for the country. Vulnerable and marginalised minorities, such as Armenia’s LGBTIQ+ community, continues to be severely marginalised and discriminated against.
EHRAC began working in Armenia in 2012. We have so far litigated cases at the European Court of Human Rights with four human rights NGOs in the country. These cases concern a wide range of issues, including the authorities’ disproportionate use of force on protestors, as well as discrimination against LGBT+ people. We have also previously litigated cases on behalf of families displaced by the decades-long conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.