The United States Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor annual report on freedom of religion in Armenia in 2014. The report summarize the situation as follows:
The constitution guarantees the freedom of religion and establishes the separation of church and state, but at the same time recognizes the Armenian Apostolic Church as the national church and preserver of the national identity. Courses on the history of the Armenian Apostolic Church are a mandatory part of the public school curriculum. Government actions affecting minority religious groups included pressuring new military conscripts to undergo baptism together into the Armenian Apostolic faith, discrimination in the army on religious grounds, obstacles to obtaining places of worship, and discrimination against religious minorities in the school system and in public sector employment. The government stated it had no intention of changing school curricula to eliminate the compulsory “History of Armenian Church” course, viewed by many local experts as indoctrinating and proselyting children.
Author: United States Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Publisher / organisation: United States Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Date of publication: 2014
Total number of pages: 8