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Anticipated Results and Impact of this Conference

Anticipated short to medium-term results

  • Reaffirm the principle of universality of human rights as described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Article 1 of the Universal Declaration, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.

  • Promote and affirm the principle of non-discrimination, which requires that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression to participate fully, equally and openly in every part of life.

  • Promote social, cultural and legal awareness of sexual orientation and gender issues.

  • Promote and affirm tolerance in society.

Anticipated long-term results

  • Encourage initiatives and cultural activities to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

  • Change attitudes and behaviour and reorient society’s perspective on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

  • Ensure that there are adequate legal prohibitions against all forms of discrimination and violence in the Balkans.

  • Encourage government to achieve not only de jure but also de facto equal rights and opportunities regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

  • Strengthen the democratic development of Balkan societies.

Local impact of this conference

  • Reorient society’s perspective on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression through

participation and discussion.

  • Challenge current attitudes and behaviours in society.

  • Support a democratic, tolerant and open society.

  • Move towards equality for all people.

  • Support the goals of European integration for Balkan nations.

International impact of this conference

  • Increase awareness in the Balkans about international and European standards, situations, legal structures and social practices regarding LGBT issues.

  • Learn and implement strategies for overcoming obstacles to full equality.

  • Academic support to help reorient society’s perspective on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

  • Promote academic exchange and discussion on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Justice in the Balkans: Equality for Sexual Minorities October 23-26, 2009, Podgorica, Montenegro

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