Post-IDAHO Round Table titled “Diversity and LGBTI inclusion in Western Balkans”

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    Advisor to Prime Minister of Montenegro on Human Rights and Protection against Discrimination and National Coordinator for LGBT Policy Jovan Kojičić, together with Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth, will open the Post-IDAHO Round Table to be held in Berlin on 27 June 2016 at 17:00…

    Advisor to Prime Minister of Montenegro on Human Rights and Protection against Discrimination and National Coordinator for LGBT Policy Jovan Kojičić, together with Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth, will open the Post-IDAHO Round Table to be held in Berlin on 27 June 2016 at 17:00.

    The Round Table will be also attended by Boris Dittrich, Advocacy Director at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Programme, Todd Brower, Judicial Education Director at Williams Institute UCLA Law School, the USA, Douglas Elliott, Egale Canada, Human Rights Lawyer, and Dragan Todorović, Executive Co-Director, ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for the Western Balkans and Turkey.

    Advisor Kojičić will present the OutLeadership initiative as a platform for promoting diversity and LGBTI inclusion in the Western Balkans, and the LGBTI Package for the Western Balkans, led by the Government of Montenegro, with a view to further promoting human rights of LGBTI persons at national, regional and international levels. The intent is to simultaneously exchange experience with representatives of the competent German institutions, civil society, business community and the embassies of the Western Balkan countries attending the meeting about how to create a positive and inclusive business environment for LGBTI persons.

    OutLeadership initiative is being led by the Government of Montenegro, together with OutLeadership from New York, in partnership with the Williams Institute UCLA Law School, Egale Canada and the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law, as well as many other institutions, universities and prominent experts in this field. The initiative aims to provide answers to current challenges and define mechanisms for institutional approach that will encourage joint action and cooperation to fight against discrimination of LGBTI persons through research, normative instruments, operational programmes and the best projects.

    The meeting will also discuss the LGBTI Package for the Western Balkans, led by the Government of Montenegro, which has been created in partnership with the Williams Institute UCLA Law School and Egale Canada, and will be officially presented at a special event in Montenegro in the second half of the year. The package programme aims to create an environment that will ensure availability of updated and practical educational programmes to combat all forms of discrimination and violence, as well as the implementation of these restrictions in order to strengthen human rights and equality, and greater visibility of LGBTI people.

    The Post-IDAHO Round Table in Berlin will be sponsored by the Government of Montenegro, under the auspices of the Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, in cooperation with the Williams Institute oUCLA Law School and US OutLeadership organisation, as well as the Human Rights Watch, Berlin, Egale Canada, and ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Associations for the Western Balkans and Turkey.

    Post-IDAHO Round Table’s agenda can be downloaded here.

    LGBTI Package for the Western Balkans can be downloaded here.

    Source: Government of Montenegro