Tirana, 30 January 2014 – PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania in collaboration with the office of Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination organised the Workshop "Inclusive and non-discriminatory Policies for LGBT People" that aimed to bring an overview of inclusive and non-discriminatory policies for LGBT people in the country and the best practices so far.
Albanian Government is implementing the Action Plan against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity 2012-2014. In this meeting, representatives of public institutions, independent institutions and civil society organisations, involved in this action plan, expressed their commitment to continue working for its implementation during 2014 and came up with a set of recommendations for joint initiatives in the future .
Altin Hazizaj, moderator of the meeting, in the opening speech said "We expect from the public and non public institutions that 2014 to open a new page in regards to respecting and guaranteeing the rights of LGBT community in the country".
Irma Baraku, Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination, said that "The institution has treated 7 cases of LGBT community discrimination. In 3 cases, violators are sanctioned with a fine and in 4 other cases with recommendations. "
The meeting was attended by the Ombudsman, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, representatives from the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, the Ministry of Integration, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, the General Directorate of Police, Municipality of Tirana, representatives of local and international organizations, diplomatic corps, media, etc.
The second part of the meeting was focused on open discussion between participants and concluded in a series of recommendations which should be considered by all stakeholders for joint initiatives during 2014 to protect and guarantee the rights of LGBT community in the country.
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