Armenian identity is so tightly interwoven with religion that it can often be heard that the only true Armenian is a follower of the Armenian Church. Contempt, discrimination, and outright hatred towards religious minorities have led to a worryingly widespread perception of them as outsiders — a threat to Armenian statehood. [Read more…]
Georgia’s Public Defender published its annual human rights report for 2016 on 1 April, describing the conditions of various groups in Georgia. [Read more…]
Catholics celebrated the Christian holiday of Epiphany in the Village of Eshtia in Ninotsminda Municipality on 6 January. Despite poor weather and frost, locals braved the cold water to complete the ritual. Local resident Armen Simonyan was the first to swim across the river to retrieve the ceremonial cross. He was awarded $300 by local priest Volik Halachyan.