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Council of Europe Demands Georgia to Prohibit Gender Selection and Legal Abortion

PACE adopted Resolution on pre-natal gender selection in Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan and Georgia on October 3.

Council of Europe member states should introduce laws prohibiting gender selection in the context of both assisted reproductive technologies and legal abortion, except when it is justified to avoid a serious hereditary disease. They should also consider recommending that public hospitals instruct doctors to withhold information about the gender of the fetus, or at least ensure that this information is given in a positive way. For their part, the governments of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia should do more to tackle the root causes of prenatal gender selection, collecting reliable data on this phenomenon and raising awareness amongst the public and health professionals.

Statistics show a worrying departure from the natural average gender ratio in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The resolution was presented based on the report of the Swiss MP Doris Stump. The report notes that the ratio of boys to girls in Albania, Armenia and Azerbaijan is approximately 112 to 100 in Georgia – 11 to 110.

When adopting the resolution, PACE relied on the Doris Stamp’s Report who recommends the authorities to support trainings for medical personnel about negative impact of gender selection. The public awareness campaign should also aim to increase the female status in the society.

The resolution text is published on the official website of the CoE.


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Name: Ferdinan
2012-05-17 06:57
Diaspora and Dashnaktsutyun are too separate thngis. people still wrongly perceive that Dashnaktsutyun is the representation of the Armenian Diaspora.A1+ and HZH are newspapers and they report the news as they see. Dashnaktsutyun is a political party. Those are two different thngis my dear AH.Dashnaktsutyun is a Neo-nazi, actually it is just a Nazi political party spreading far-right ideas and hatred not only amongst Armenian population but against other ideas and people.Please bare with me and continue reading. Dashnaktsutyun hasn’t progressed since the 1920s possibly because we didnt have an independent country where we could have elections, political progress etc. It is obvious it couldn’t progress in Diaspora (as the case is with Hnchak and Ramkavar parties).Why I am saying this is because in the beginning of the 20th centaury is known with the spread of nationalism and after the WW1 trauma and injustice we had a phenomenon like the rise of Nazzi party in Germany, the Mussolini, the Franco regime, in some way ( a little bit unrelated) Stalin and so on. Things progressed in those countries after the WW2 but people living in those regimes paid dearly but still didnt fully recover ( the recent Joseph Fritzel case in Austria is an example) .So now in Armenia we have a party which did not go through an ideological, philosophical and political development over 80 years due to the no-homeland factor explain above.This is very dangerous. It is abnormal.Should this abnormal phenomenon be banned? I say NO it shouldn’t as banning will hamper the progress. I think the change need to be come within Dashnaktsutyun. It used to be a confederation of socialist parties (hence the name) with some very interesting core ideas. The way of the progress is to take the reality as it is,- to become a party of an independent country. Continue its isolation with its huge influence and decision making coming from Diaspora means staying in regression. Dashnaktsutyun needs to make a bold decision, to have the courage to progress.Coming to LTP. He is the person who invited Dashnaktsutyun and other Diasporant organisations to Armenia. However Dashnaktsutyun had a bigger appetite. With less than 10-15% of the popular support it wanted to take over the power still in the 20 centaury revolutionary methods. If you even try to observe carefully LTP did more good to dashnaktsutyun than harm however Dashnaktsutyun didn’t realise this and unfortunately still doesn’t. They were given the chance to progress, to become a real independent political party but now they are deeper in the swamp. It will phase out soon as the time changes and dashnaktsutyun still clings on the past. The formation of the new board will demonstrate it.
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