Disinfo: The Association Agreement contains 120 secret articles on migration, gay marriage and juvenile justice

Summary

The Association Agreement contains 120 secret articles that oblige Georgia to adopt gay marriage, receive migrants and adopt juvenile justice in the form of the Children’s Code.

Disproof

The claim contains multiple pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on the Association Agreement (AA) and the EU:

  • The Association Agreement is a public document that any citizen can read. See earlier case on the same issue here. The claim on the "120 secret articles" is a lie.
  • Same-sex marriage is not a requirement for membership of either the EaP or EU membership. EU member states decide upon issues around marriage and family independently. See similar cases on same-sex marriage here and here.
  • "Juvenile justice" has been a target of disinformation campaigns in Georgia for years. Groundless allegations are spread, claiming that this issue has been imposed by the West and gives minors unlimited rights, which in the end is directed against the institution of family and its values. More about the disinformation narratives around juvenile justice in Georgia can be found here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: EU, Georgia
  • Keywords: AA/DCFTA

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