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Armenia: Blogger Calls for Resignation of Homophobic Dashnak MP

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Armenia, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Human Rights, LGBTQ+, Politics

Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on the continuing controversy [1] surrounding Artsvik Minasyan, an MP from the nationalist Armenian Revolutionary Federation–Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D). The blog says that in addition to bailing out a Neo-Nazi arsonist [2] in police custody, Minasyan continues to make homophobic statements in the media following the 8 May firebombing of a gay-friendly bar [3] in the Armenian capital by labeling homosexuality a threat to the country's national security. Elected under the proportional system in Armenia, and thus lacking a specific mandate in the majoritarian system, Unzipped: Gay Armenia calls on the ARF-D to remove Minasyan from their ranks immediately [4].