LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey

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Publishing Year: 
2017
Language: 
ENGLISH
Country: 
Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Macedonia
Serbia

Being LGBTI in Eastern Europe Progress, drawbacks, recommendations

Original Title: 
Being LGBTI in Eastern Europe Progress, drawbacks, recommendations
Resource Type: 
Factsheet
Report

This factsheet summarizes main findings of the country reports covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia. 

Across the Western Balkans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersex (LGBTI) people are fighting for their rights to lead a normal life. While there have been laws and measures passed to criminalize discrimination, violent acts and hate speech based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), there is much more that needs to be done in order to achieve full recognition and equality.

The reports for Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the formery Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia present a comprehensive review and analysis of the impacts of the legal, institutional, policy, social, cultural and economic environment on LGBTI people.

Albania

There have been substantial legal protections in the area of anti-discrimination. However, discrimination against LGBTI people persists in other areas. These include denial of the right to marry and have a family; the right of reassigned gender surgery for transgender people; and the right to self-determination in relation to bodily integrity for intersex people.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

LGBTI activism over the past few years has resulted in significant improvements in the institutional, legal and public policy framework for the protection of human rights of LGBTI people. Nevertheless, LGBTI people and their lives remain on the margins of the political, institutional and social mainstream.

Serbia

Serbia has adopted a wide anti-discriminatory legal framework. However, there are legal gaps that leave the rights of LGBTI people unregulated, including the rights of same-sex partners and access to documents for trans people.

Macedonia

Over the past 10 years there has been a decline in the protection of the rights of LGBTI people in Macedonia. LGBTI people in Macedonia are exposed to stigmatization, discrimination and isolation due to many factors.

 


 

Disclaimer: 

This report has been produced with the financial assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The content of this report is the sole responsibility of the authors and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of either the USAID, the United States Government, or other agencies mentioned in this report.

The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations, including UNDP, or the UN Member States.


 

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