LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia


The text 'speakers' and the logo of the conference

Find here bios of speakers at the Annual Conference 2019.

Dunja Mijatović

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Dunja Mijatović was elected Commissioner for Human Rights on 25 January 2018 by the Parliamentary Assembly and took up her position on 1 April 2018. She is the fourth Commissioner, succeeding Nils Muižnieks (2012-2018), Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Alvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006).

National of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has been working to promote and protect human rights for the past two decades, thus acquiring extensive knowledge in the field of international monitoring, in particular as regards freedom of expression.

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights, she has served as OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (2010-2017), Director of Broadcast of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2010), Chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies (2007–2010) and of the Council of Europe's Group of Specialists on Freedom of Expression and Information in Times of Crisis (2005-2007).

Dunja Mijatović has regularly given lectures in national and international fora and has been awarded several human rights prizes. She has also being active in supporting NGO activities in the field of human rights education and asylum.

Mina Tolu

Co-spokesperson of FYEG - the Federation of Young European Greens

Mina Tolu is the co-spokesperson of FYEG - the Federation of Young European Greens. They have over 9 years experience in queer, feminist and green campaigning and activism.

In 2010 they founded We Are - University of Malta LGBTQI Youth & Student Organisation together with other students and this brought them close to the European LGBTQI movement and to IGLYO - the International LGBTQI Youth & Student Organisation. From 2014-2015 they served on the executive board and as co-chair of IGLYO. From 2015-2018 they worked at TGEU - Transgender Europe as communications officer.

Earlier this year Mina was a candidate with the Greens for the European Parliament, during their campaign they highlighted human rights, LGBTQI rights and feminist causes.

Currently, Mina is reading for an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security, and is a member of the executive of Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party in Malta. Mina loves cycling and dabbles in making rubber stamps, they are currently based in Malta. 

Georgy Mamedov

Leftist and LGBT activist, curator and educator based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

He currently works on the creation of transnational theoretical and activist platform Smychka focusing on dialectic materialist research and theorizing of body, gender and sexuality. In March 2018, he was elected chair of the board of the leading Central Asian LGBT organization Labrys Kyrgyzstan. From 2012 to 2018, he was co-artistic director of SHTAB, School of Theory and Activism, Bishkek.

In 2011 Mamedov co-curated (with Boris Chukhovich and Oksana Shatalova) Lingua Franca/Frank Tili, Central Asia Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice. He co-authored and co-edited a number of publications including pioneer Russian language collection of feminist and queer sci-fi Utterly Other (Bishkek 2018), book Queer Communism is Ethics (Moscow 2016), and almanac Concepts of the Soviet in Central Asia (Bishkek 2016).

In 2015, Mamedov was awarded the French order of Arts and Letters.