Armenia urges international partners to refrain from undue engagement in public debate
The Government of the Republic of Armenia fully adheres to its commitments to protect and promote human rights, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anna Naghdalyan said in a statement.
“The nonviolent democratic revolution, which took place in Armenia, is the best evidence that human rights, generally, are effectively protected if they become part of a social consensus and are perceived as universal social and moral values,” the Spokesperson said.
The comments come in the wake of statements by the European Union and the UN, expressing concern over the “recent cases where serious threats, including death threats, have been made against minorities and human rights defenders in Armenia.” The statements were made after the speech of a transgender woman at the Armenian National Assembly sparked a wave of public dispute.
“Our international partners should demonstrate more respect and sensitivity towards the Armenian society and refrain from undue engagement in the public debate, even if they disagree with its tonality,” Naghdalyan stated.
She reminded that “the principle of public morality is a part of international commitments on human rights and can not be ignored.”
The Spokesperson assured that the authorities of the Republic of Armenia will not tolerate any illegal actions and will continue to protect the constitutional rights of all citizens.