International interest is mounting in a new Council of Europe project to boost the human rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Following a conference in Podgorica last weekend, Montenegro’s Deputy Prime Minister welcomed the opportunity to be the first ‘beneficiary’ country of the anti-discrimination project.
“The next step now is to have a needs assessment mission to Montenegro to agree with the authorities and civil society on which activities in support of LGBT rights would be most useful in Montenegro,” said a project official.
The project will use human rights training, awareness-raising activities and improved contacts with the media to challenge prejudice against LGBT people.
Finland has already contributed €100,000 to the project. Germany gave €50,000 on 26 August, whilst Norway will second an expert. More contributions to the project are expected.