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In May 2012, Suspected "Neo Nazis" have launced two arson attacks at a lesbian-owned pub in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, since the start of the pub.
Armenian News reported that in the second attack on 15 May, a group of young men arrived at the gay DIY Rock Pub around 6pm, where they burned the bar’s ‘No to Fascism’ poster and drew the Nazi Swastika on the walls.
Furthermore, NGOs including Pink Armenia claim that this was an attempt to distract the public from various sociopolitical issues within the country.
But after several meetings the participants failed to achieve their goal.
In 1998, the Armenian Gay and Lesbian Association of New York was founded to support LGBT Diasporan Armenians.
In December 2002, Azgayin Zhoghov (National Assembly) has approved the new penal code in which the anti-gay article has been removed.
On 1 August 2003 the President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan has ratified it bringing to an end the decades of repression against gay men in this South Caucasian Republic.
There were 7 prosecutions in 1996 and 4 in 1997 under this law (Amnesty International 1999 Report on Armenia); and 4 in 1999 (Opinion of the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe on the accession of Armenia - Doc. In 2001, local human rights NGO "Helsinki Association" In 1999 the young man was sentenced to 3 months of imprisonment for having sex with another man. In his testimony, he denounced prison guard abuse and mistreatment but also the corrupted judge who shortened his sentence for a $US 1000 bribe.