We invite all interested lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) individuals to apply for participation in a live library education that will be held as part of the training of police officers and officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Sarajevo Canton on 24 and 25 June 2019.
Sarajevo Open Centre is implementing a project “Protecting Affected Communities: Improving the implementation of hate crime regulation in Bosnia and Herzegovina “. The project is financially supported by Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the OSCE in Vienna, and it included four half-day trainings in period from February to July 2018. named “Hate crimes, how to report violence to the police and prosecutor’s office”.
Sarajevo Open Centre, with the financial support of the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Netherlands to the OSCE in Vienna, in cooperation with OSCE in BiH, on 18 and 19 October 2018, held the joint two-day education for police officers of the Canton Sarajevo Ministry of Interior (MoI) and prosecutors within the Canton Sarajevo Prosecutor’s Office. The training, named Prejudice as motives of hate crimes tackled these crimes, focusing on minority groups that are especially targeted by these hate crimes in BiH – lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) persons, Roma people, returnees, as well as religious and sacral objects.
During 2016, Sarajevo Open Centre was advocating with every Cantonal Ministry of Internal Affairs in Federation of BiH to include hate crime modules into their permanent and obligatory trainings in 2017. Police officers in every single Ministry of Internal Affairs are obligated to participate in these trainings. When it comes to educating police officers, in last few years Sarajevo Open Centre has worked on the topic of hate crime in many different ways and with high intensity.
After the info session for psychiatrists, the nurses and medical technicians of the Psychiatric Clinic Jagomir in Sarajevo went through two info sessions on human rights of LGBTI persons.
This is the first time ever that Sarajevo Open Centre educated workers from the field of social protection of human rights of LGBTI persons.
After the first info session that took place, the representatives of the Canton Sarajevo Ministry of Labor, Social Policy, Displaced Persons and Refugees expressed the wish and need to organize another info session for their colleagues.
On 30 October 2017 Sarajevo Open Centre held a half-day Info Session with the representatives of the sectoral institutions of the Canton Sarajevo Ministry of Labour, Social Policy, Displaced Persons and Refugees, for the following institutions: Therapeutic community University of Sarajevo Campus, Family Counselling, Disciplinary Center for Juveniles and the Ministry itself.
A director of psychiatrist hospital Jagomir, Muhamed Ahmić, emphasized that LGBTI population, as any other population, has its own specificities and characteristics, and it is important for psychiatrists to get introduced with their problems that are products of reactions to their sexual orientation and gender identity by the society.
After last year’s successful completion of the Train the Trainer programme for the police officers of the Cantonal Ministries of Interior (MoI) and the representatives of the Police Academy of the Federation of BiH, this year every Cantonal MoI has to implement education programmes on hate crime. The mentioned education programmes should be implemented in the scope of their permanent trainings that are mandatory for each and every police officer of each MoI. Sarajevo Open Centre has advocated with every MoI in particular and made constant pressure directed towards introducing the module on hate crime into the programme of mandatory education, in which we have, to our great pleasure, succeeded.