School of LGBT Human Rights has started

Ombudsperson at the School of LGBT human rights for the Faculty of Law students

Yesterday, on October 11, 2012 started the first School of LGBT rights for students of Law Faculties in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the support of ILGA—Europe.

The School, which will last for 3 days, aims to educate future lawyers about human rights of LGBT persons using the language of law. The programme of School consists of theoretical lectures and practical examples given by international and local experts in human rights. Yesterday, fifteen students had the chance to listen about terminology of LGBT human rights, theoretical views on the concepts of freedom and equality, discrimination and regional European framework of legal protection for the LGBT rights.

We had the honour to host Jasminka Džumhur, one of the three ombudspersons in B&H. She presented the Anti-Discrimination Law to the students and the work and experiences of Institution of Ombudsman in B&H. Today and tomorrow, students will have the chance to listen to the lectures given by experts from different organisations: Lesbian Association Kontra (Sanja Juras, Croatia), Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE (Marta Valinas), Communications Regulatory Agency, CRA (Azra Maslo), Press Council (Ljiljana Zurovac) and Youth Initiative for Human Rights, YIHR (Nedim Jahić).

Students will be obliged to write an essay on the topics presented during the School.

Sarajevo Open Centre plans to continue with the School of the LGBT rights in the course of the next year.