The representatives of the Yezidi community demand an amendment to the Family Code of Armenia to allow girls marry at the age of 16 and boys at the age of 17 in separate cases, said Amo Sharoyan, president of MIDIA Shangal Ethnic Union NGO of Yezidis. A recent amendment to the Family Code of Armenia defined the lowest age of marriage at 18.
Sharoyan noted that they disagree with the statement of the head of the Union of Yezdis Aziz Tamoyan who said that the Yezidi community will emigrate from Armenia in the result of the amendment. According to him, the Yezidi community is more likely to emigrate because of the high rate of poverty. Sharoyan is angry at Tamoyan’s statement that 18 is a late age for marriage. Sharoyan says 18 years is a normal age for marriage, while now 13-14 years-old persons no longer get married.
The Yezidi has no representatives to the National Assembly who would participate in the discussion of such issues and would represent the opinion of their community.