Submitted by Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti and PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania

Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti and PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania have organized a work tour in Albania during which Certi Diritti Secretary Yuri Guiana will meet with Albanian LGBTI activists, politicians, students, representatives of the national media, and the broader LGBTI community to share information, good practices and the Italian experience in the struggle for the affirmation of LGBTI rights.

The project will consist of a series of events scheduled to take place March 14-23, 2013. These events include:

- A meeting with S.E. Massimo Gaiani, Italian Ambassador in Tirana

- A meeting with Vasilika Hysi, Socialist MEP in the Albanian Parliament

- A meeting with Artur Nura, a member of the General Council of the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty

- Participation in the regional conference “LGBT Rights in the Western Balkans – Achievements and Challenges”

- Some lessons about the pilot causes started in Italy at the University of Tirana and the University of New York in Tirana

- Various presentations on the Italian situation regarding rights for LGBTI persons

Yuri Guiana stated, “We are very pleased with this initiative, the result of the great attention we are giving to the transnational scope. Albania and Italy have deep historical and cultural ties that will make this a particularly fruitful sharing of information, experience, and good practices. Of particular importance is the meeting with the Italian Ambassador in Albania, who shows attention to the topic and sensitivity to the other European missions. The meeting with Artur Nura will allow us to consolidate a relationship between LGBTI activists and Albanian Radical activists. The occasion will also enable a comparison with activists from other Balkan countries who will come together to identify common steps to be taken to advance the rights of LGBTI persons in the region and to construct a strong network of contacts. This exchange of information, experiences and good practices will enable a new and greater collaboration for the respect of human rights between the associations and, hopefully, between the largest LGBTI community in a key European region.”

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