Montenegro fulfils EU membership requirement and protects LGBT people from discrimination

28/07/2010

On 27 July 2010, the Parliament of Montenegro with a large majority (67 votes for, 6 votes against and 4 abstained) adopted all inclusive anti-discrimination law which bans discrimination in on the grounds of various characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

ILGA-Europe welcomes this development and congratulates Montenegrin parliamentarians, human rights groups and LGBT activists with this important step towards respecting human rights of all citizens.

At the same time, ILGA-Europe expresses its disappointment with the statements by Mr. Ferhat Dinosha, the Minister for Human and Minority Rights, who repeatedly opposed the protection for LGBT people from discrimination on the basis of the ’moral code of the society’.

Montenegro is a potential candidate country for joining the European Union and the last in the Western Balkans to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination law.

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) while adopted anti-discrimination law in April 2010, deleted the ground of sexual orientation from the law and draw criticism from various international and EU institutions and NGOs.

Lilit Poghosyan, ILGA-Europe’s Policy & Programmes Officer, who oversees the organisation’s work in the Western Balkans, said:

“We congratulate Montenegro with this important legislation and are happy to see that all countries in the Western Balkans but FYR of Macedonia, introduced comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation providing protection from discrimination on all six grounds, including sexual orientation, required by the EU.”

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