Armenian MPs call for transgender activist Lilit Martirosyan to be burned alive after high-profile speech

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04/26/2019

Armenia’s first registered transgender woman has received death threats after making a speech in her country’s national assembly. Lilit Martirosyan became the first member of her country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to take to the parliamentary podium, speaking out against discrimination at a session of its committee on human rights. Martirosyan expressed solidarity with a community that has been “tortured, raped, kidnapped, subjected to physical violence, burned, immolated, knifed, subjected to murder attempt, killed, emigrated, and robbed”. She said transgender people in Armenia are subjected “to stigma and discrimination in social, medical, legal, economic areas, and … [are left] unemployed, poor and morally abandoned”.

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