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YEREVAN. – Issues of preventing violence and restoring the rights of women subjected to violence have been discussed at the Women's Council. Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan said this today during the discussion on the draft decisions on approving the package of bills on an addendum to the Criminal Code and an addendum to the Criminal Procedure Code.

"Mr. Prime Minister, by your appointment I have become Chairman of the Council on Women's Affairs, which has been the subject of heated debate because the Chair of the Women's Council is a man," Avinyan said. "I hope we will have a female deputy prime minister to head the council."

PM Nikol Pashinyan responded that it is better to have a Men's Council.

"Nonetheless, all issues have been discussed in the Women's Council—on prevention of violence, restoration of the rights of women subjected to violence," Avinyan continued. "And I think we will have individual packages, already based on the facts and to improve our statistics."

Minister of Emergency Situations Feliks Tsolakyan suggested also noting in the law violence against men as "the situation is constantly changing."

And Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan noted that complaints about violence against men have increased.

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