This workshop is intended for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) persons, as well as friends and supporters of LGBT persons, and anyone who is interested in this topic in Sarajevo and the region. The workshop will be organized by Sarajevo Open Centre, with the support of the Matra programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairas of the Kingdom of Netherlands and is the last in the set of 10 workshops that we are doing in 5 cities in BiH, from September 2012 until June 2013.
The first part of the LGBT community needs and problems assessment in BiH is finished. Five hundred and fifty persons have filled out the questionnaire. By the end of July, we will publish a detailed descriptional-statistical analysis of the assessments’ results with concrete recommendations for the institutions.
Open Letter to Damir Ljubić, the Minister for Human Rights and Refugees, from the civil society organisations on the occassion of International day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
MEMORANDUM 2013 by The Regional Network Against Homophobia for the joint improvement of the legal and social status of the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer) people in Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Macedonia, Montenegro, Palestine, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkey
“Memorandum 2013” has been prepared in dedication to May 17, International Day Against Homophobia.
A second Pink Report has been published in the Ljudska prava edition of Sarajevo Open Centre – it is the annual report on the situation of the human rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), authored by Marinha Barreiro, Vladana Vasić and Saša Gavrić. This report has been published with the support of Matra Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Netherlands. Beside the English version of the report, its version in B/C/S is also available: Rozi izvještaj. Godišnji izvještaj o stanju ljudskih prava LGBT osoba u BiH u 2012. godini.
Glossary of fifty-seven phenomenona of LGBTTIQ culture
Author: Ivan Šunjić
Review of the book: Jasmina Čaušević/Saša Gavrić (editors, 2012): Pojmovnik LGBT kulture. Sarajevo: Sarajevo Open Centre/Heinrich Boell Foundation.
To write about identities which have been removed and systematically made invisible inside the hetero-normative, patriarchal order means to except a great responsibility and to boldly dare to represent a culture, which has been struggling (and still struggles) to break through to the
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – IDAHO 2013
On the 17th of May 1992 World Health Organisation (WHO) declassifies homosexuality as a mental illness in the latest edition of its list of diseases and health problems, the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. Since then this day has been marked as an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia which emphasises that homophobia and transphobia are harmful and must be fought against until its logic is destroyed.
The presentation of publication „Monitoring of the Implementation of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation on Combating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination" has been held today on 28th of March in Mediacentre in Sarajevo.
Sarajevo Open Centre condemns attack that occurred 24th of March 2013 in which are attacked the activists of organization Okvir, and we want to emphasize that lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons are a target to discrimination and violence in B&H society because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, but, because of the fear and distrust towards the state institutions, and because of their insufficient engagement in the field of protection of the rights of LGBT persons, these cases rarely get reported to the authorities.
A report titled „Monitoring the Implementation of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation on Combating Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Discrimination“ was produced and published as a part of Sarajevo Open Centre's Human Rights edition, and as a part of the project „Monitoring implementation of the Council of Europe Recommendation to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation on gender identity by Bosnia-Herzegovina“conducted by ILGA-Europe. It was also suported by ILGA-Europe's Human Rights Violations Documentation Fund in the framework of the project „Implementing the Council of Europe's Recommendation on LGBT rights“. This project is financially supported by the Dutch Government Department for Gender & LGBT Emancipation of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Dutch Government.
On a discussion that was held on Monday, March 11th at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo, Coalition Equality presented its model for implementing the ruling of European Human Rights Court in case Sejdic and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina. This model, titled Unicameral Parliamentary Political System in Bosnia and Herzegovina builds up on proposals of the Venice Commission and the Swiss political system.
Sarajevo Open Centre, in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, organizes promotion of publication "Parliamentarism in Bosnia and Herzegovina" on Friday, February 15th 2013, starting at 5pm. Promotion is going to be held at the Independet University Banja Luka, Veljka Mlađenovića 12e, in Banja Luka.
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