Pride Seminar: Are Recent Improvements to LGBT Rights in the Western Balkans a Smokescreen or a Reality?

In recent years the countries of The Western Balkans have made positive legislative changes regarding human rights especially when it comes to anti-discrimination. However questions remain; Are such changes a smokescreen for the international community, or a real sign of change and have they truly improved the reality for LGBT people? Do the governments of the Western Balkans support or just tolerate human rights?

We hope you can join us to hear our panel of experts from the Western Balkans discuss some of the major issues facing the LGBT community in the Western Balkans under the parameters mentioned above. Chaired by Goran Miletic, Programme Director for Civil Rights Defenders in the Western Balkans, the panel will include the foremost experts on LGBT issues from the region.

Panelists:

Goran Miletic – Moderator, Programma Director for the Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders
Goran Miletic is Programme Director for the Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders. He has been a human rights activist for nearly 20 years. Goran holds a Master of Laws Degree from Belgrade University and an MA Degree from the European Regional Masters on Democracy and Human Rights from Sarajevo University. He started working at Civil Rights in 2004 as a Programme Officer for the Western Balkans. He is also a member of the Organising Committee of Belgrade Pride.

Jasenko Suljetovic, Banja Luka Association of Queer Activists – BUKA (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Jasenko is one of the founders and Executive Director of the “Banja Luka Association of Queer Activists”. He has been a human rights activist since his high school days and has been a regular participant at numerous conferences and several Pride events across the Balkans and Europe.

Boban Stojanovic, Belgrade Pride Parade (Belgrade, Serbia)
Boban is one of the most prominent LGBT activists in Serbia. He has worked with human rights issues for almost 20 years. He is the organiser of the most important human rights event in Serbia – Belgrade Pride Parade. Being one of the few activists present in the media he is frequently exposed to threats and attacks. Boban was nominated twice for the Global Exchange People’s Choice Awards. This year he was also selected as one of five best LGBT activists in the World according David Kato Vision and Voice Award.

Elidjon Grembi, Alliance Against Discrimination of LGBT People (Tirana, Albania)
Elidjon is one of the founders of “Alliance Against Discrimination of LGBT People” and a long-time LGBT activist in Albania. Elidjon has contributed to the European Commissions Progress Report on Albania in 2010 and has held a number of lectures on human rights, LGBT issues and activism in Albania.

Vanja Gagovic, Member of Montenegro Pride Organising Committee (Podgorica, Montenegro) Vanja has been a human rights activist since 2011, when she joined NGO Juventas’ team. As one of the Co-Founders of Queer Montenegro, she is heavily involved in campaigns and actions involving art, design and community. She was on the organising Board of Montenegro Pride in 2013 and 2014 and is also member of the MNE Pride board 2015.

Seminar Details

Date: Friday: 31st July 2015
Time: 12.00pm – 12.45pm
Venue: Kulturhuset/Stadsteatern (Right in the heart of Stockholm) ´Tunnelbana Station – T-Centralen
Room: Marionettern

You can sign up for the event by clicking here. Please note that the seminar is an open event so we may not be able to guarantee you a seat.

For more information, please contact:
Keith Begg, International Communications and Advocacy Officer
keith.begg@civilrightsdefenders.org

Categories: Events.
Tags: Goran Miletic, LGBT rights, Pride Event, Stockholm Pride, and Western Balkans.
Regions: Western Balkans.