27.3.2015. Researcher of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies presented CEAS public policy in the field of protecting the rights and improving the quality of life for LGBT people

Belgrade, 27.3.2015.

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The research team at the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies within the project "LGBT path to institutions - bridging the gap", whose holders are the Forum for Ethnic Relations and LABRIS developed a policy paper on the topic of security, prevention of violence and the struggle against violence in relation to LGBT individuals in the Republic of Serbia which was launched 27/03/2015. in the National Assembly.


Committee for Human and Minority Rights, the organization Labris and the Forum for Ethnic Relations presented in the National Assembly, public policies in the field of protection of rights and improvement of the quality of life for LGBT citizens.

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Chairman of the Committee for Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality Meho Omerovic in his opening speech said that public policies that were developed by non-governmental organizations, are the signs that you need to move the representatives of government and other institutions involved in the protection of LGBT people. Public policies provide a general overview of the situation in various areas where there is a violation of human rights of LGBT people, said Omerovic.He also said that they provide an overview of the international standards and obligations that the Republic of Serbia took by signing international treaties and conventions, pointing out the significance of those recommendations is the fact that they are improving the situation in this area.
The Government of the Republic of Serbia will hold constitutive session of the Council for the monitoring mechanism of the recommendations of the UN for Human Rights, on this occasion the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council will be considered in the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review and recommendations agreed upon UN bodies, said Omerović. A significant part of these recommendations is precisely aimed at the LGBT people in Serbia. He pointed out at the good cooperation of civil, NGOs and government institutions when it comes to improving the position of LGBT population.
Mladen Antonijević, representative of the Forum for Ethnic Relations, presented the project "LGBT path to institutions - bridging the gap" pointing out that the project aims to establish sustainable and permanent cooperation between LGBT organizations and institutions relevant to the protection of human rights, in order to improve the quality of life for LGBT people.
Dragana Todorović, Labris representative pointed out that the priorities for the formation of public policy proposals are access to justice and the rule of law, security, prevention of violence and the struggle against violence and discrimination.
The above proposed policy were presented by John Stopić from the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Danilo Ćurčić from the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Tijana Vojinović from the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies and Jelena Vidović Gayten LGBT representative.
In the discussion that followed there was talk about the shortcomings of the legal framework and problems in the implementation of international standards in terms of protecting the rights of LGBT people. The burning issue is still safety, security and violence against LGBT people as well as the issue that same-sex partners do not have the right to non-marital cohabitation. Transsexual and transgender people face problems in exercising basic human rights, particularly when it comes to the issue of documents with a new name and the change of gender label.
The participants were also addressed by representatives of the Office for Human and Minority Rights and the Commissioner for Equality.