About the Conference

International Conference under the title “The future belongs to us: LGBT rights on the road to the European Union” organized jointly by Labris – Lesbian Human Rights Organisation from Serbia and Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation from Germany will be held on 12 and 13 September 2014 in Belgrade (Serbia) in the hotel Metropol Palace. (Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 69)

Conference is part of the greater Project of the German foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” that aims to keep live memories on Nazi terror against homosexuals. LSVD’s human rights foundation, the Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation organised a conference in St. Petersburg together with the Russian LGBT Network in 2012, in 2010 in Riga, Latvia together with Mozaika and in 2008 in Kiev, Ukraine together wirh Nash Mir.

Conference is supported by:

Conference is supported by the German foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade and Federal Foreign Office.

Conference friends and allies: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgrade, National Democratic Institute, Victory Gay and Lesbian Institute, Asociation Rainbow, IDAHO Belgrade, Forum for ethnic relations.

Conference goals:

• The aim of the conference is to open a discussion about LGBT rights in Serbia in the framework of European Union integration processes, while including a wide range of stakeholders, including national and international government institutions, political parties, LGBT organizations from Serbia and abroad, other human rights organizations, trade unions, media, businesses, etc.

Up until now, discussions around LGBT rights have mostly revolved around general acceptance of LGBT persons, hate crime and hate speech, however we would now also like to talk about health, social services, employment, family rights, sports, education and culture;

• To open up discussion about challenges and opportunities when it comes to the protection and promotion of the human rights of the LGBT people in Serbia, as well as on the Balkans and Eastern Europe;

• Conference will be good opportunity to present public policy proposals which are currently being developed by Labris and Forum for Ethnic relations, together with several other LGBT and human rights organizations and Labris will use the conference as an opportunity to pressure the state to make commitments to start implementing our recommendations;

• To build alliances with different stakeholders, which have not been included in matters related to LGBT rights so far, but can be useful in our future struggles (trade unions, corporate representatives, state representatives from sectors other then human rights…). For the first time they will speak on the LGBT Conference;

• To further strengthen already existing regional cooperation among LGBT organizations, but also to extend this to Eastern partnership countries, in order to exchange experiences and discuss new platforms for joint initiatives and exchange. Good opportunity for some future joint projects;

• To demonstrate the strenght and determination of the LGBT movement and its allies, in fighting towards rights of LGBT persons in Serbia, and to show that we are not alone in this, in order to put further pressure on the state, and this is especially important because we have a new right-wing government, with very troublesome history when it comes to human rights protection;


O Konferenciji

Konferencija „Budućnost pripada nama: LGBT prava na putu ka pristupanju Evropskoj uniji“ koju zajednički organizuju Labris – Organizacija za lezbejska ljudska prava iz Srbije i Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation iz Nemačke, održaće se 12. i 13. septembra 2014. godine u Beogradu u hotelu Metropol Palace (Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 69).

Konferencija se organizuje kao deo projekta Nemačke fondacije „Remembrance, Responsibility and Future“ i ima za cilj podsećanje na stradanje LGBT osoba tokom nacističkog terora.
Pre Beograda, ova nemačka fondacija je sa istim ciljem podržala održavanje konferencija u Sankt Petersburgu 2012. godine i to u saradnji sa Ruskom LGBT mrežom, zatim 2010. u Rigi u saradnji sa organizacijom Mozaika, kao i 2008. godine u Kijevu u saradnji sa organizacijom Naš Mir.

Ciljevi konferencije:

  • Otvaranje diskusije o ljudskim pravima u okviru pridruživanja Evropskoj Uniji, uključujući nacionalne ali i međunarodne strukture, kao i političke partije, LGBT organizacije iz Srbije i inostranstva, druge organizacije koje se bave zaštitom ljudskih prava, sindikate, medije, biznis sektor i sl. Pored uobičajenih tema poput govora mržnje, zločina iz mržnje, diskriminacije i sl. koje su već u prethodnom periodu ovakve i slične konferencije obrađivale, ovoga puta diskutovaće se i o zdravstvu, socijalnim uslugama, zapošljavanju, sportu, obrazovnom sistemu, političkoj participaciji LGBT osoba i kulturi;
  • Otvaranje diskusije o najvažnijim izazovima i mogućnostima kada su u pitanju zaštita i promocija ljudskih prava LGBT osoba, kako u Srbiji, tako i na Balkanu i u drugim zemljama Istočne Evrope;
  • Predstavljanje predloga javnih politika koja zajednički rade Forum za etničke odnose, Labris i brojne druge organizacije za zaštitu ljudskih prava. Javne politike između ostalog obuhvataju i teme koje će biti zastupljene na panelima, pa će tako ova koferencija biti prilika da se predstavnici/ce države upoznaju sa svakom temom ponaosob i da im se približi važnost usvajanja ovih javnih politika i njihove primene;
  • Pridobijanje podrške i stvaranje saveznika među sindikatima i međunarodnim korporacijama koji će se po prvi put naći kao govornici na nekoj LGBT konferenciji;
  • Jačanje regionalne saradnje i pojedinačnih kapaciteta LGBT organizacija iz regiona.Učešće više LGBT organizacija iz regiona, omogućiće razmenu ideja i otvoriti mogućnosti regionalne projektne saradnje u vidu formiranja novih platformi i zajedničkih inicijativa;
  • Prisustvo velikog broja međunarodnih gostiju, pokazaće našu snagu i dokazaće da nismo sami u borbi za postizanje pune ravnopravnosti LGBT osobasa ostalim građanima /kama Srbije.