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Comment: Conference: Towards Europe, Towards Equality, Danilovgrad, Montenegro, 2-3 September 2011

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  • nadja krempita
    Hello BAN members, I think it is important to keep in mind that leading NGO s that have been working on gender and lgbt rights in Montenegro for years are
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 30, 2011
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      Hello BAN members,

      I think it is important to keep in mind that leading NGO's that have been working
      on gender and lgbt rights in Montenegro for years are boycotting this conference,
      mainly because the government is failing to actually implement any policies that
      would tangibly improve lgbt rights.

      To find out more, visit
      http://www.montenegro-gay.me/component/content/article/1-crna-gora/460-nevladine-organizacije-ne-uestvuju-na-konferenciji-ka-evropi--ka-jednakosti.html

      Best,
      Nadja

      --- On Tue, 8/30/11, Rory Archer <rory.archer@...> wrote:

      From: Rory Archer <rory.archer@...>
      Subject: [balkans] Conference: Towards Europe, Towards Equality, Danilovgrad, Montenegro, 2-3 September 2011
      To: balkans@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 9:28 AM

      Conferece: Towards Europe, Towards Equality, Danilovgrad, 2-3 September 2011

      Senior state officials, members of the diplomatic corps, prominent
      international experts, scholars and human rights advocates from throughout
      Europe, the United States and Canada will meet in Danilovgrad, Montenegro
      from 2-5 September for the international conference on the rights of sexual
      minorities and European integration, entitled “Toward Europe, Toward
      Equality”. The conference is organised by the Government of Montenegro, in
      cooperation with the International Academic Conference Justice in the
      Balkans: Equality for Sexual Minorities, The Williams Institute at the UCLA
      School of Law in the United States, the Lund University Department of
      Sociology of Law in Lund, Sweden, and the European Commission on Sexual
      Orientation Law (ECSOL). Financial support is provided by the Royal
      Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade.

      In their welcome letters to conference participants, prominent
      international experts and scholars specialising in LGBT rights welcomed the
      conference as a historic event, the first of its kind ever organised by a
      state government in the Balkans.

      The event will seek to address the following government policy goals:

      -       Promote the fight against discrimination and the protection of human
      rights.
      -       Create a forum of understanding of the importance of Pride parades to the
      LGBT community and how such a parade could be successfully organised in
      Montenegro.
      -       Provide training in LGBT rights and LGBT sensitivity to judges,
      prosecutors and law enforcement officials.
      -       Create public awareness and dialogue about LGBT issues.

      The conference will take place at the Regional School of Public
      Administration (ReSPA) in Danilovgrad.

      For more details on the conference, including the agenda and participant
      registration, please visit the conference web page at:

      www.gov.me/en/homepage/Conference_Toward_Europe_Toward_Equality/



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