Themes

II. Freedom of association

9. Member states should take appropriate measures to ensure, in accordance with Article 11 of the Convention, that the right to freedom of association can be effectively enjoyed without discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity; in particular, discriminatory administrative procedures, including excessive formalities for the registration and practical functioning of associations, should be prevented and removed; measures should also be taken to prevent the abuse of legal and administrative provisions, such as those related to restrictions based on public health, public morality and public order.

10. Access to public funding available for non-governmental organisations should be secured without discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

11. Member states should take appropriate measures to effectively protect defenders of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons against hostility and aggression to which they may be exposed, including when allegedly committed by state agents, in order to enable them to freely carry out their activities in accordance with the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on Council of Europe action to improve the protection of human rights defenders and promote their activities.

12. Member states should ensure that non-governmental organisations defending the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons are appropriately consulted on the adoption and implementation of measures that may have an impact on the human rights of these persons.

Activities conducted within the framework of the LGBT Project

Albania

Grassroots reporting

Increase the capacity of human rights activists, local reporters, young students, and representatives of local governance in the field of grassroots reporting as a mode of empowerment in the field of human rights

Latvia

Public political discussion

Initiating discussions on the well-knowninternet platform Public Policy Portal www.politika.lv. Promoting effective discussion between civil society and high level officials

Latvia

NGO capacity building

Individual capacity building for a small number of NGO professionals building on advocacy and lobbying

Poland

Simple Equation on Parada Równosci 2013

Activities within the framework of the Warsaw Pride Parade; an action for straight allies for the LGBT-movement

Poland

Intensive English classes for LGBT

activists

Intensive English classes for LGBT activists connected to the main Polish non-governmental organisations with a main focus on LGBT issues, in order to make it possible for them to work in an international environment