27-29 May:Conference “Justice in the Balkans: Equality for Sexual Minorities”

On May 27-29 we co-organise the second academic conference on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) persons in the Western Balkans. With this initiative we hope to achieve a better understanding of the relationship between human rights protection and the equal rights of all people, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity.

– This will be an opportunity for international and local experts, professionals and activists to take part in discussions on international and European human rights standards and practice, says Goran Miletic, Civil Rights Defenders Programme Director for the Western Balkans.

The conference will include sessions on LGBT rights and European integration of the Western Balkans; how to combat myths and stereotypes through research; successful advocacy strategies; building LGBT communities and increasing their visibility etcetera. Two art exhibitions and movie screenings will be shown.

As side events, two trainings on the rights of LGBT persons for law enforcement officers (police officers) and representatives from the judiciary will be held for the first time in Serbia.

– We hope that this conference will encourage initiatives and cultural activities throughout the Balkans, to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and by that strengthen the democratic development of the Western Balkan societies, says Goran Miletic.

The conference, named “Justice in the Balkans: Equality for Sexual Minorities”, will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, May 27-29, 2011.

Read more in the attached conference brochure: ESM – Belgrade Conference

Categories: Uncategorized.
Tags: Discrimination and LGBT.
Regions: Serbia.