ArmInfo. RA Police detained leader of the "Kamk" initiative Vahagn Chakhalyan and its members,ArmInfo correspondent reports. Members of the initiative gathered in front of the residence of the President of Armenia and stated that they intend to transmit a letter to President Armen Sarkiassian and give a press conference.
<We intend to hand over the letter to the President of Armenia and put him to shame for adopting the Lanzarote Convention. These people do not want our students to go through the history of the Armenian church, the Armenian language and the history of Armenia, but promote sexual education so that they can implement their program. Everything possible is being done so that political figures in Armenia could not hold protest actions. Monopoly right to hold a protest was given to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. We are dissatisfied with the similar biased approach that the Armenian authorities take towards political forces. We will not tolerate privileged political forces in Armenia>, Chakhalyan emphasized. The Police suggested the protestors to disperse, however, the latter did not comply with this requirement, after which the police detained them .
It should be noted that the Armenian parliament at a meeting on May 11 approved a bill signed in Lanzarote on ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence. The CE Convention was adopted on October 25, 2007, and entered into force on July 1, 2010. It is signed by 47 countries and has entered into force in 45 states. The Republic of Armenia signed the Convention on September 29, 2010. The Convention, setting common standards and definitions applicable in all European countries, is designed to protect children from sexual exploitation and use. The objectives of the convention are the prevention and combating of sexual exploitation of children and sexual violence, the protection of the rights of children affected by sexual crimes, and the promotion of domestic and international cooperation in combating sexual exploitation and sexual violence against children.