YEREVAN (PanArmenian.net)—The government of Georgia has launched a new policy to force Armenians out of Javakhk, warned Armenian parliament member Shirak Torosyan, citing a new plan by Tbilisi to end the teaching of Armenian language and history in Javakhk schools.
Torosyan told a press conference Thursday that Georgian authorities are aiming to eradicate the Armenian language in Javakhk, which a severe violation of national minorities’ rights.
“The anti-Armenian policy of Georgia’s leadership has surpassed all limits,” said Torosyan.
The Javakhk expert also alleged that that Georgian intelligence services have compiled a “blacklist” of teachers of Armenian language and history, especially those who allegedly teach issues of national identity. Torosyan said these teachers are dismissed without cause.
“They [the teachers] are even barred from holding other posts in Georgia,” added Torosyan, emphasizing that such acts are aimed at distorting the national image of Javakheti Armenians.
“Currently, the population of Javakhk is being oppressed at an unprecedented rate, evern surpassing the Soviet era—the Stalin regime,” he said.
Torosyan himself is still prohibited from entering Georgia. “A month ago, the US Embassy in Georgia invited me to participate in a panel discussion on Georgia’s national minorities issues in Tbilisi. However, Georgian authorities refused to allow me entry into the country,” said the parliament member.
Torosyan urged Armenian authorities to continuously address the situation of Javakhk Armenians during all meetings with Georgian authorities.
“Hopefully, the Georgian authorities will finally understand the kind of catastrophic consequences such policies may have for their country,” concluded Torosyan.