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“Fight against homophobia and transphobia” project is launched

May 15, 2014

Prishtina 15.05.2014 – EU twinning project “‘Fight against homophobia and transphobia” was officially launched in Prishtina, which precedes the celebration of International Day against these two phenomena. This meeting was attended by officials from European Union, local institutions, and Austrian Institute Ludwig Boltzmann for Human Rights and Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare.

The overall goal of this meeting was to provide participants with an overview of this two-year project, approach and activity plan of the project, as well as to require cooperation and support of all relevant stakeholders in Kosovo to make the project successful .

Minister of European Integration, Mrs. Çitaku, greeted this meeting, by stating once more her position against any form of potential discrimination of all marginalized groups of our society.

“As a society we owe not to do something that was done to us. Different cultures of the world are often maybe even sceptical about the rights that LGBT community wants. These rights are human I think, are also required in our country. Many times, people around the world and in Kosovo do not want the truth when it is too complicated or do not want to debate about an issue for years. I have to say that this issue has nothing to do with the individual, with a particular group or only with institutions,” she stated.
Among other Minister Çitaku explained that the protection of human rights, rule of law, non-discriminatory expressions are the principles of society that will guarantee a good life for all citizens of Kosovo.

She recalled that Republic of Kosovo has witnessed a positive approach to build equality policies, stimulating solutions that ensure and promote diversity and establishes an atmosphere of equality for all its citizens. “Kosovo is one of the first countries in the region which in 2004 drafted and adopted the anti-discrimination law. Promoting equality and prohibition of discrimination were raised in the highest level of legislation of the Republic of Kosovo. And during the last Meeting I believe that you are aware that the Government has adopted with several amendments the “Law Against Discrimination” especially in resolving discrimination cases, “stated Minister Çitaku.

At the end of her speech Minister of Integration Vlora Çitaku, emphasized that united in diversity, regardless of their national, religious, culture or geographical position, sexual orientation background, represent some values that overcome all of these, and these values, according to her, are democracy, freedom and equality, values that keep Europe united.

“Kosovo has embraced these values, and not only that are embodied in documents such as the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo, but now are starting to become part of our everyday life, are starting to become part of us and part of Europe,” concluded her speech Minister Çitaku.

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