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Towards Europe, Towards Equality, Danilovgrad, Montenegro, 2-3 September 2011‏


Conferece: Towards Europe, Towards Equality, Danilovgrad, 2-3 September 2011

Senior state officials, members of the diplomatic corps, prominent
international experts, scholars and human rights advocates from throughout
Europe, the United States and Canada will meet in Danilovgrad, Montenegro
from 2-5 September for the international conference on the rights of sexual
minorities and European integration, entitled “Toward Europe, Toward
Equality”. The conference is organised by the Government of Montenegro, in
cooperation 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). Financial support is provided by the Royal
Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade.

In their welcome letters to conference participants, prominent
international experts and scholars specialising in LGBT rights welcomed the
conference as a historic event, the first of its kind ever organised by a
state government in the Balkans.

The event will seek to address the following government policy goals:

- 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 organised 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 will take place at the Regional School of Public
Administration (ReSPA) in Danilovgrad.

For more details on the conference, including the agenda and participant
registration, please visit the conference web page at:

www.gov.me/en/homepage/Conference_Toward_Europe_Toward_Equality/