THE ANNUAL REPORT ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF LGBTIQ PERSONS

NGO LGBT Forum Progress has, as a part of a pilot project started in January 2017, published the Annual report regarding the situation of Human Rights of LGBTIQ persons in Montenegro during 2016. Under this Report, a total of 10 topics has been covered, that have been identified as key ones throughout the work of Progress. They are:

  1. Strategy for Improving Quality of Life of LGBT Persons in Montenegro (2013 – 2018)
  2. Cases of physical and psychological violence, violence committed out of hatred and hate speech
  3. The case of “Niksic Pride”
  4. Student Parliament of the University of Montenegro
  5. SOGI Center (LGBTIQ Social and Community Center)
  6. Montenegro Pride
  7. The occurrence of sex workers; STIs and STDs
  8. Discrimination, intolerance, and violence within the LGBTIQ community itself
  9. Institutional blockage
  10. Social climate

LGBT Forum ProgressThis report has been composed based on internally gathered and processed data, that have been compared to relevant national and international sources; as well as based on the scope and reach of day-to-day activities of LGBT Forum Progress in 2016.

Despite some objective steps forward have been made in 2016 in the area of the respect of human rights of LGBTIQ persons and their social acceptance, we are overall not content with the achieved progress. It is the very purpose of this report to point out all of the shortcomings and omissions, as well as to point out the potential ways of solving some of the problems.

As this is a pilot project, we will appreciate the inputs of all relevant institutions, NGOs and CSOs, media, and individuals, in order to make each next annual report as objective, good in quality, and comprehensive as possible.

The complete report can be found on the following link: http://media.lgbtprogres.me/2017/05/SITUATION-ANALYSIS-REGARDING-HUMAN-RIGHTS-OF-LGBTIQ-PERSONS-IN-MONTENEGRO-DURING-2016.pdf

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A STEP BACKWARDS IN THE RESPECT OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF TRANS PEOPLE

A recent decision by the Montenegrin Ministry of Interior, which prohibits trans person from changing their personal name in the name of “the opposite sex”, is a big step backwards in the respect of human rights, and a step back for this Ministry. LGBT Forum Progress is unpleasantly surprised by this decision, especially considering the good cooperation that has been built between the Ministry and the LGBTIQ community so far.

1280px-Transgender_Pride_flag.svgLet us recall that, at the beginning of 2013, LGBT Forum Progress has tested the Law on Personal Name in practice. At that point, the person who was still in the process of gender confirmation (sex change) has successfully changed the name, without any complications and problems. Having this case in mind, and many others which have successfully resolved since then, we are very disappointed with such behaviour of the Ministry official and the obvious violation of the Law on Personal Name.

“The Law on Personal Name does not, at any point, state that there are “male and female names”. In addition to this, in the Article 2, the Law states that “the right on free choice of a personal name must not be restricted”, and that the limitation to changing the name only exists when a person is being prosecuted or serving a punishment for a criminal offense. Besides that, there are no and there should be no limitations. So far, there was no requirements for any medical documentation to be attached, unless it is a provision that has been brought up secretly”, Bojana Jokic, the President of the organization said.

2017-04-26 05.25.34 1-1We are convinced that this situation is the result of transphobia of certain officials who made decisions in this case, and that it is not something that the Ministry consciously and intentionally did. Whatever the matter, we invite the Ministry to investigate the complaints of NGO Queer Montenegro, and approach this problem in all seriousness.

We point out, once more, that the good practice in this field already exists, that the Ministry should not allow this and similar basic violations of human rights and freedoms, and that it is of the utmost importance to examine all the circumstances of this case and trans person from this case should, by the Law and as soon as possible, be allowed to change their personal name. Additionally, the LGBT Forum Progress team is at the disposal of Ministry and colleagues from the NGO sector, for the sake of prompt resolution of this unpleasant situation.

http://lgbtprogres.me/en/2013/04/1832/

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