DISINFO: In case of ratification of Istanbul Convention an influx of 50,000 perverts from abroad is expected
  • Outlet: livenews.am (archived)*
  • Date of publication: November 05, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Armenian
  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • Countries / regions discussed: Armenia
LGBT Conspiracy theory

DISINFO: In case of ratification of Istanbul Convention an influx of 50,000 perverts from abroad is expected


Over fifty thousand signatures have already been collected in Armenia against ratification of the Istanbul Convention. Istanbul Convention provides broad rights to transvestites, homosexuals, lesbians and other perverts in Armenia. Under Article 60, by ratifying the Convention, the country is obliged to grant asylum to persons who were persecuted on the basis of sexual orientation. In the case of ratification of the Istanbul Convention, a flow of perverts is expected. There is internal information that the initial number for the Republic of Armenia is 50,000. Therefore, after ratifying the document we are obliged to provide asylum to 50,000 people.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Istanbul Convention. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is based on the understanding that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence that is committed against women because they are women. It is the obligation of the state to fully address it in all its forms and to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect its victims and prosecute the perpetrators. The Convention opponents are manipulating with misinterpretation of definitions, presenting the gender-based violence as persecution on a basis of sexual orientation. Article 60 of the Convention is about gender-based asylum claims. According to Article 60 "Parties shall take the necessary legislative or other measures to ensure that gender-based violence against women may be recognised as a form of persecution within the meaning of Article 1, A (2), of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and as a form of serious harm giving rise to complementary/subsidiary protection." The claim that Armenia is obliged to grant asylum to 50 000 people is unfounded. More manipulations of the Istanbul Convention is available here. See similar cases claiming that the Istanbul Convention will destroy traditional families and that it is attacking identity and traditions.


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