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Saturday, October 24

09:00 10:45

Session 1, Part 1 Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression: The Current Situation in the Balkans

Homophobia and transphobia are social problems throughout the world that have also visibly manifested themselves in the Balkans. The ILGA Europe map shows considerable diversity within the countries of the Balkans regarding legal protections for sexual minorities. This panel will begin the overview of the legal and social situation of sexual minorities in the Balkans, including Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia. The situations in the Balkans will be compared and contrasted with the situation in Sweden.

Moderator: Srđan Darmanović, Dean, Professor of Political Science, University of Montenegro

Panelists: Gordana Lukač Koritnik, Gender Equality Ombudswoman, Croatia Marijana Laković, Deputy Ombudswoman of Montenegro Hans Ytterberg, Director-General, Ministry for Integration and Gender Equality, Sweden. Chairperson, the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (DH-LGBT). European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL). Past Ombudsman Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Sweden (19992009). Boris Milićević, Gay Straight Alliance, Serbia

10:45 11:00


11:00 12:15

Session 1, Part 2 Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression: The Current Situation in the Balkans

This panel will continue the discussion of the current situation of sexual minorities in the Balkans. The discussion will include the current situation and recent developments in Serbia, Macedonia and Albania, the role of local and international NGOs in confronting homophobia, and the challenges faced by transgender persons in the region.


  • Paula Ettelbrick, Professor of Law, United States


  • Marko Karadžić, State Secretary, Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, Serbia

  • Goran Miletić, Human Rights Lawyer, Civil Rights Defenders (former Swedish Helsinki Committee), Serbia

  • Scott Long, Director of the LGBT Rights Program, Human Rights Watch, United States

  • Ivana Vujović, President of the Board of Directors of Juventas, Montenegro.

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

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