On August 28 – 31, 2017 Mass Media to Fight Discrimination training was held by New Generation Humanitarian NGO in the city of Gyumri, Shirak marz within the framework of CSOs and Mass Media in the Front Line for Elimination of Discrimination against LGBTI+ people in Armenia project implemented with the financial support of Transition Promotion Program, Embassy of Czech Republic in Yerevan, Armenia.
Оn the first day of the training, trainer Hasmik Harutyunyan presented the topic on Human Rights: International and Local Legislation and Conventions. The following subjects were introduced within the frames of the topic: the Origin and Concept of Human Rights, Generations of Human Rights, National and International Human Rights Institutions and Organizations, Human Rights situation for LGBTIQ + people and legal regulations of human rights violations. In order to better capture the theoretical part of the topic also included practical activities, video screening and discussion, case studies, role-playing and many other activities.
On the second and third days of the training, trainer Haykuhi Harutyunyan presented the following topics: Stigma and Discrimination, Torture, Freedom of Speech and Hate Speech. The topics covered types and manifestations of stigma and discrimination, violations and harassment on the grounds of discrimination, torture as an inhuman treatment and assault against dignity, manifestations of discrimination and its dissemination in mass media and social network, the concept of hate speech, interrelation between freedom of speech and hate speech: borders and legitimate restriction, hate speech and human rights on the online platform etc.. These topics also included both theoretical and practical parts, group works, role plays, lively discussions.
On the last day of the training the participants were awarded with certificates of participation.
In general, the training was successful with active and lively discussions; the participants took great interest in the topics presented at the training and actively participated in all the training activities.
The training was held by New Generation NGO within the framework of CSOs and Mass Media in the Front Line for Elimination of Discrimination against LGBTI+ people in Armenia project, with the financial support of Transition Promotion Program, Embassy of Czech Republic in Yerevan, Armenia.