Published: August 26, 2013
“The Regional Network Against Homophobia” releases its first Newsletter 3 months after its first Memorandum for the IDAHO 2013*. The newsletter aims to cover LGBT developments and struggles since May from countries in the Balkans, Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa. In August 2013 Newsletter, the Network will take you to a tour of legal achievements, systematic attacks, limits on freedom of assembly and fights for freedom of expression.
Albania changed its Penal Code on May 4 to include an LGBT-inclusive hate crime legislation. The move came after two LGBT activists, Xheni Karaj and Kristi Pinderi, met the Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha at his office.
Bosnia and Herzegovina also celebrated a hate crime law on July 23, covering sexual orientation and gender identity. The government prepared the law in cooperation with the Coalition for Combatting Hate Speech and Hate Crimes, of which Sarajevo Open Center is a member.
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