The Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) in Danilovgrad will be the center of the LGBT world for a few days in September. The Government of Montenegro, along 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), will be organizing and hosting an international conference on rights of sexual minorities. The conference will span from September 2 to September 5. The official motto of the conference is “Toward Europe, Toward Equality”. The financial support will be provided by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade.
This event will put Montenegro on the positive side of the LGBT map of the world. Having in mind that the conference is dealing with a very sensitive subject, many experts in this field labeled the conference as historic — especially because it will be organized by a state government.
The main goals of the conference are:
– 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 organized 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 is open to the media and will welcome all journalists. Journalists who would like to attend should request an accreditation from Vuk Vujnovic, Head of International Public Relations at the Government of Montenegro Public Relations Bureau (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: +382 20 482 928, +382 20 482 848 no later than Thursday 1 September).
If you’d like to read the agenda of the conference, please click here.
Danilovgrad is a smallish town in the central regions of Montenegro, located between Nikšić and Podgorica. Its population count is around 5,000 and its most famous tourist attraction is the Ostrog monastery, an orthodox pilgrimage.