Armenia Removes Anti-Gay Laws From Criminal Code
January 9, 2003
The Armenian National Assembly has voted to adopt an updated criminal code
on its second reading - removing an anti-gay law.
According to the Association of Gay and Lesbian Armenians of France the
country has repealed article 116 of its criminal code which punished sex
between men with up to 5 years in prison
Seven men were sentenced in Armenia for gay sex in 1996, 4 in 1997 and 4 in
In 2000 ILGA-Europe (an international NGO) lobbied the Council of Europe,
demanding abolition of article 116 must be included in the list of
pre-conditions to Armenia being considered to enter the European Community
AGLA France said it is encouraging news that Armenia has taken such a step
and that gay rights will improve in the country.
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