Yazidis in Armenia
|Regions with significant populations|
|Armavir, Aragatsotn, Ararat, Kotayk provinces and Yerevan|
|Related ethnic groups|
The Yazidis (Armenian: Եզդիներ Yezdiner) are the largest ethnic and religious minority in Armenia. Yazidis are well integrated into the Armenian society. They have freedom of religion and non-interference in their cultural traditions (although this does not account for, as is the case with all countries, prejudices among the people of Armenia).
Early 20th century 
Many Yazidis came to Armenia and Georgia during the 19th and early 20th centuries to escape religious persecution, as they were oppressed by the Ottoman Turks and the Sunni Kurds who tried to convert them to Islam. The Yazidis were massacred alongside the Armenians during the Armenian Genocide, causing many to flee to Russian held parts of Armenia. The first ever Yazidi school opened in Armenia in 1920.
Nagorno-Karabakh War 
Due to the ethnic tension created by the war with Azerbaijan, the Yazidi community has renounced its ties with the mostly Muslim Kurds that fled the country and tried to establish itself as a distinct ethnic group. The Yezidis showed Armenian patriotism during the Nagorno-Karabakh war when many died in service.
Present situation 
According to the 2001 Census, there are about 40,620 Yazidis in Armenia.
Reports on the relations between Yazidis and the Armenian government have been mixed.
According to a 2004 U.S. Department of State human rights report, Yazidis are subjected to some harassment in Armenia. A high percentage of Yazidi children do not attend school, due to poverty and a lack of teachers who speak their native language.
According to a 2007 U.S. Department of State human rights report, "As in previous years, Yezidi leaders did not complain that police and local authorities subjected their community to discrimination".
|Province (marz)||Yazidis||% of Yazidis in Armenia|
Aragatsotn Province 
There are 19 Yazidi-inhabited villages in Aragatsotn Province.
|Aragats district||Talin district||Ashtarak district|
Armavir Province 
Ararat Province 
Notable Armenian-Yazidi People 
See also 
- National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia - 2001 Armenian National Census
- A Conditional Coexistence:Yezidi in Armenia
- The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
- Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2004, February 28, 2005
- Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Armenia
- Yerkramas Newspaper, 23 October 2012
- Photogallery: Armenia's Yezidi Kurds
- Armenia: Yezidi Identity Battle
- Being Yezidi
- Interviews on the Yezidis in Armenia
- Yezidis in Armenia Blog
- Yezidi Pilgrimage to Shamiram Photos
- Portraits of Yezidi Children
- Les Kurdes yézidis en Arménie