Press release of the Montenegrin LGBTIQ Association “Queer Montenegro”
Joint press release of the Montenegrin LGBTIQ Association “Queer Montenegro” and the Liberal Party of Montenegro
Montenegro, Podgorica - June 13th 2013
Montenegrin LGBTIQ Association “Queer Montenegro” initiated its campaign for ensuring support of the political parties for the human rights’ promotion and protection by holding a meeting with the representatives of the Liberal Party of Montenegro. The Liberal Party is the only political party in Montenegro which explicitly supports the protection of human rights of the LGBTIQ people through its program activities.
“Queer Montenegro” activists and the representatives of the Liberal Party of Montenegro discussed the current problems and needs of the LGBTIQ community in Montenegro, as well as plans and activities of “Queer Montenegro” on the promotion and protection of human rights of the LGBTIQ people. During the discussion, special emphasis was placed on the initiative to adopt the law which would lead to the full legal recognition of same-sex couples in Montenegro. The activities which “Queer Montenegro” will organize with the political parties in the following months were also discussed.
“Through its program and the Statute, as well as through its active presence in the local political life of Montenegro, the Liberal Party of Montenegro supports the creation of a society in which the LGBTIQ people will not suffer any form of discrimination, harassment, or violence, and in which all citizens will be equal, in accordance with the Constitution of Montenegro, Law against Discrimination, and other legislature which guarantees equality of all Montenegrin citizens. The Liberal Party of Montenegro believes in individual human rights and we are convinced that a free individual is the basis of a society. For this reason, any person has to have the right to express their individuality, whether it is understood in ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual terms. The Liberal Party gave its full support to the current and planned activities of the Montenegrin LGBTIQ Association “Queer Montenegro”, said the president of the Liberal Party of Montenegro, Andrija Popović.
„The Liberal Party of Montenegro presents the positive example of an active and concrete support of the protection of the basic human rights of the LGBTIQ people in Montenegro, which should be followed by other political parties”, emphasized Danijel Kalezić, the President of the Steering Committee of “Queer Montenegro”.
“Our organization decided to start its campaign among the political parties by meeting with the representatives of the Liberal Party of Montenegro precisely because this party was the first to express courage by offering open public support for the equality of the LGBTIQ people in our country”, added Kalezić.
The cooperation between the Liberal Party of Montenegro and “Queer Montenegro” will be continued through concrete activities, the first one being the seminar about the human rights of the LGBTIQ people organized for the members of the Liberal Youth of Montenegro.
Liberal Party of Montenegro
Danijel KalezićPresident of the Steering Committee