"Society, where human rights of all are protected and everybody is accepted regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity and/or gender expression."
PINK Armenia works to create a safe space for LGBT+ in Armenia, focusing on equality and social integration of vulnerable groups. Next to training and workshops raising awareness about LGBT+ human rights, sexuality and sexually transmitted infections and gender equality, PINK provides legal, psychological and social work counselling. The vision of PINK is that of contributing to a society where there are no discrimination, inequality, xenophobic reactions towards the LGBT+ community.
What You Will Do As An Intern:
preparatory desk research (study of international experience, for example research on successful examples of alternatives to military service),
legal study of ECHR articles, decisions and other legal acts,
value-based qualitative research (interviews (if required), group discussions),
value-based quantitative research (surveys, data analysis),
N.B. This internship is unpaid, there is no remuneration provided.
Maastricht University student (Bachelor/Master)
Law faculty students or attending law related courses
Knowledge of LGBT+ issues, human rights and related fields
Knowledge of proficient English. Knowledge of another language is an asset
Timing and Duration
No specific timing and duration requirements.
Currently not offering internships due to the unstable political situation, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the little rate of vaccinations. In September 2020, a new armed conflict between Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey, and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh together with Armenia, arose in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Pink Armenia is helping civilians affected by the conflict as well as raising awareness on the current events. Visit their website to know more and support the cause.
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Area of Work and Publications
Every year, Pink finalises a report on the human rights situation of LGBT persons in Armenia. Their findings are based on the discriminatory occurrences on the grounds on sexual orientation and gender identity. Additionally, they monitor the policy developments concerning LGBT+ rights and the way governmental agendas intend to tackle the issues of homophobia and discrimination.
HATE SPEECH AND HATE CRIMES
Pink Armenia has conducted a study between 2014 and 2018 to inquire behaviours of hate speech on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity committed by State officials of the Republic of Armenia - interestingly, the time frame corresponds to the moment Armenia became a Council of Europe member and ratified the ECHR. Furthermore, another study was conducted to reveal the occurrence of hate crimes against LGBT+ people in Armenia and the compliance of the legislative framework protecting LGBT+ people with international human rights standards.