LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

The Hague 2010

The 14th ILGA-Europe's Annual Conference took place in The Hague on 28-31 October 2010. The theme of the conference was Expressing our differences, challenging our prejudices, developing our alliances.

Find more information about the Annual Conference below.

14th ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference concluded in The Hague

Today, the 14th ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference concluded in The Hague. Over 260 lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) activists, European and national politicians, representatives of other organisations from 37 European countries gathered in The Hague, The Netherlands between 28 and 31 October 2010 for the largest annual event on LGBTI rights in Europe.

The Conference theme “Expressing our differences, challenging our prejudices, developing our alliances” and other issues were debated in a number of panel discussions, workshops and self-organised groups. Conference participants adopted a resolution expressing concerns about the rise of extremism in Europe and encouraging ILGA-Europe, including member organisations, to support efforts to tackle extremism in all its forms. A second resolution of the Conference encourages ILGA-Europe member organisations to actively promote and embrace diversity within LGBTI communities. The Conference also adopted a declaration condemning the attack on Russian LGBTI activists which took place in Tomsk (Russia) while the Conference was taking place, expressing its solidarity to the activists and calling upon greater tolerance towards LGBTI human rights defenders in Russia.

Martin K.I. Christensen, Co-Chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board, said:

“Such events as our Annual Conference are crucial for highlighting and raising greater awareness on the situation for LGBTI people in Europe. Europe can definitely be proud of its advances in regards to human rights for LGBTI people. However, the situation is far from perfect and the current trends of harsh economic situation and shifting towards more extreme views across Europe seriously endanger further advances in the area of human rights and social justice. Therefore it is important for activists and decision makers to continue cooperation and finding ways to progress on human rights for LGBTI people, particularly in the current climate.”

Election of Executive Board

Members of ILGA-Europe also elected new members to the Executive Board during the conference. Three new people members were elected for a two-year mandate:

  • Gabriela Calleja (Malta)
  • Kristian Randjelovič(Serbia)
  • Gregory Czarnecki (Poland)

Linda Freimane (Latvia) and Pierre Serne (France) were re-elected for another two years. Tanja Lehtoranta (Finland) was elected as a reserve Board member.

The other members of the ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board for the next year are:

  • Martin K.I. Christensen (Denmark)
  • Björn van Roozendaal (The Netherlands)
  • Louise Ashworth (UK)
  • Paata Sabelashvili (Georgia)
  • Nataša Sukič (Slovenia)

The Conference has elected Ruth Baldacchino (Malta) and Maria Sjödin (Sweden) as European representatives on the ILGA World Board and Deborah Lambillotte as a reserve European representative on the ILGA World Board.

This year’s Conference was organised in cooperation with COC Haaglanden. Next year’s ILGA-Europe Annual Conference will take place in October 2011 in Turin (Italy).

The Conference also approved Dublin as the host city for the ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference in 2012.

Keynote speakers

  • Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director of Directorate of Monitoring, Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Council of Europe.
  • Belinda Pyke, Director of Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission.
  • Marja van Bijsterveldt (website only in Dutch), Minister for LGBT and Gender Equality.
  • Dr. Ronald Plasterk (website only in Dutch), member of the House of Representatives (PvdA - social democratic party), former minister of Education, Culture and Science, former minister for LGBT and Gender Equality.
  • Drs. Frits Huffnagel (website only in Dutch), member of the City Council of The Hague (VVD - liberal party), former deputy mayor of The Hague, former deputy mayor of Amsterdam.
  • Detlev Boeing, European Commission’s official working on legal and institutional questions, human and fundamental rights, enlargement process.
  • Hans Ytterberg, Director-General at Sweden’s Ministry for Integration and Gender Equality and chairs the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Discrimination on grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He was formerly Sweden’s Ombudsman against Sexual Orientation Discrimination.
  • Myria Vassiliadou, Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby.
  • Mieke Verloo, academic, researcher and distinguished author in the fields of equality policies, feminist methodology and social movements. Mieke is teaching political science and gender studies and the Institute for Gender Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen.
  • Kamal H. Qureshi (website only in Danish) member of the Danish Parliament from the Socialist People’s Party (SF) from 2001. Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he moved with his parents to Copenhagen at the age of four. He is the party’s spokesperson on human rights and minority issues, and contributed to various publications on multiculturalism and equal rights.
  • Francois Sant’Angelo (website only in French) Belgian member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) since its creation in 1994, and professor at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences in Mons. Francois Sant’Angelo is also legal advisor at the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (Belgium).

Documents available

  • Minutes of the Annual General Assemble
  • Amended Standing Orders - Read the text of the Standing Orders to learn how our annual conference works. Amended at the Annual Conference The Hague 2010.
  • Constitution of ILGA-Europe - Amended at the Annual Conference in The Hague 2010.

The conference venue is Bel Air Hotel.

This year’s ILGA-Europe annual conference enjoys the support of the Dutch Government.