European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Within Reach. Making LGBTI Rights a Reality in South East Europe by 2020

The same week as the EU Enlargement Package was published ILGA-Europe issued “Within Reach. Making LGBTI Rights a Reality in South East Europe by 2020” - a policy paper outlining advocacy priorities regarding LGBTI issues in Western Balkans in the coming year. The situation for LGBTI people is at a pivotal moment in most accession countries.

Much has been achieved over the last years, mainly due to EU accession process, with key developments in anti-discrimination and hate crime legislation, respect for freedom of assembly and expression, and an increase in the number and capacity of LGBTI civil society organisations. Yet much is left to be done to ensure the human rights of LGBTI persons in the region.

This paper sets out the state of play and overarching policy aims for the region as a whole in the coming years, as well as shedding light on each country specifically. It was composed by ILGA-Europe, on behalf of Sarajevo Open Centre, to inform decision-makers in both the EU and accession countries about advocacy priorities regarding LGBTI issues in the coming years.

The paper is based on interviews with and input from LGBTI organisations active in the region. It was officially launched on 15 November at the European Parliament, at an event hosted by MEP Ulrike Lunacek.


Download the policy paper “Within Reach. Making LGBTI Rights a Reality in South East Europe by 2020” here.

Read the blog post for more information about the policy paper by Daina Ruduša, Advocacy & Programmes Officer ILGA Europe, on the website of Sarajevo Open Centre