International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia – Montenegro


 PR Bureau


On 17th May 1990, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders. The decision of the WHO constitutes a historic date and since 2004, 17th May has been commemorated as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

On the first Ministerial IDAHO Forum (2013), hosted by the Government of Netherlands on 16-17 May 2013, in the Hague, ministries of eleven EU countries signed “Call for a comprehensive policy approach at European Union level and across the European Union on LGBT issues”, delivered to the European Commission. This Call is later expanded and supported by many countries. The Call initiated a process of coordinated international efforts and activities in the fight against homophobia and transphobia at all levels.

On 13-14th May 2014, Maltese and Swedish governments joined forces and hosted the second European IDAHO Forum (2014) in Valletta, Malta. Forum was dedicated to strengthening and expanding of the process initiated at the previous ministerial meeting, and it made possible to continue the process of placing issues in regard to the rights and freedoms of LGBT people high on the list of priorities on the human rights agenda.

The third IDAHO Forum (2015), to be held in Montenegro, will consider up-to-date progress achieved at the previous meetings with the primary goal improving the dialogue on  hate and violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Our intention is to respond to the challenges and modalities of the institutional approach, achieving best practices to foster joint actions and cooperation in order to combat discrimination against LGBTI people through research, normative instruments and best available operational programmes and projects.

In order to strengthen efforts on the promotion and advancement of the rights and freedoms of members of the LGBTI community we have called Ministers from the Region to join us in action of signing Joint Statement on Ending hate crime and violence against LGBTI people, following our common goals and efforts against hate crime and violence and promoting our policies on equality, diversity and inclusion of LGBTI people.