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MP Tatevik Hayrapetyan’s Speech at PACE: The Sport is One of Those Special Areas Where Discrimination Has No Place
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“Dear Madam Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to bring to your attention to two very important topics which are core values of the Council of Europe. First, the issue of minority and human rights. As you might already have heard a well known Talish activist Fahraddin Aboszoda who is imprisoned in Azerbaijan for his activities, few days ago announced a hunger strike as a sign of the protest against tortures and psychological pressure. Talish people are one of the native minority nations in Azerbaijan and I think we can’t stay indifferent to this case and should keep an eye and take requested measures to prevent abuses towards national minorities in CoE member countries. This is also a serious matter of human rights issue!

The second important issue I would like to tackle is already the repeated cases of hatred in sport. Unfortunately, last time we tried to show that the obvious discriminated attitude in Azerbaijan towards Armenian football player Henrikh Mkhitaryan and his fans is a quite vivid example of hatred in sport which is unacceptable in the CoE, but the CoE Secretariat decided to address the topic only by a written declaration.

As a result, we got another case of hatred when Armenian chess champion Maria Gevorgyan at the behest of the Azerbaijani delegation was removed from Tournament in Turkey. In accordance with the explanation of the Turkish organizer they had to withdraw the invitation because Azerbaijani chess players had asserted that if there were an Armenian in the tournament, they would refuse to participate.

I am more than convinced that despite of conflicts, disagreements and arguments the CoE member states can have, the sport is one of those special areas where discrimination has no place, where these kinds of cases should be voiced and prevented immediately. Let’s not close our eyes and take requested actions to exclude the abuses and hatred in sport.’’

A Number of Issues Concerning Iraqi Yezidis Discussed
On October 1, the members of the RA NA Armenia-Iraq Friendship Group on the initiative of the Group Member Rustam Bakoyan met with the delegation led by an MP of Yezidi origin of the Iraqi Parliament Saib Khidir. Welcoming the visit of the delegation to the National Assembly the Head of the Friendsh...

Issues on Development of Armenian-Lithuanian Friendly Relations Discussed
On October 1, the Head of the RA NA Armenia-Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia Friendship Group Anush Begloian, the members of the Group Nora Arustamyan, Hayk Konjoryan and Arkady Khachatryan met with the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Armenia In...

Parliament Begins Work of Regular Sittings
On October 1, the RA National Assembly began the work of the regular sittings.The MPs debated and approved the draft agenda of the regular sittings.The draft law on Amending the RA Law on State Property Privatisation Programme for 2017-2020 was debated in the first reading, which presented the Chair...

Open Lesson in National Assembly
On October 1, within the framework of the RA NA Open Lesson the pupils of Yerevan Special Educational Complex for Children with Hearing Disorders. The guests went to the NA Museum, took a tour in the parliament building, got acquainted with the parliamentary everyday life and observed the work of th...

RA NA Delegation to PACE Organizes Unprecedented Event with Participation of Human Rights Defender of Artsakh
On September 30, during the Autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) the Armenian delegation initiated an unprecedented event entitled If the Human Rights are Universal: Forgotten People of ‘Grey Zones.’The main speakers were the Human Rights Defender of Artsakh A...

Vahe Enfiajyan Speaks about Close Borders by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey
On October 1, the RA NA Vice President, the member of the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly delegation Vahe Enfiajyan summed up the works of the 54th Legal and Political Affairs Committee Meeting held in the city of Sochi, the Russian Federation on September 25-26. According to Vahe Enfiajyan, during the ...

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