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Concluding Observations, CCPR/C/MNE/CO/1, 28 October 2014: Montenegro

B. Positive aspects

3. The Committee welcomes the following legislative and institutional steps taken by the State party since the entry into force of the Covenant in 2006:

(e) The adoption of the Action Plan and Strategy for Improving Quality of lives of LGBT Persons (2013-2018);

C. Principal matters of concern and recommendations

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

8. While welcoming various legislative and institutional measures adopted to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, the Committee is concerned at the prevalence of stereotypes and prejudices against LGBT persons. In this regard, it is particularly concerned about reports of acts of violence against LGBT persons and the lack of effective investigation and prosecutions. In particular, the Committee is concerned that human rights violations which occurred during the Budva and Podgorica Prides were not thoroughly investigated (arts. 2 and 26).

The State party should intensify its efforts to combat stereotypes and prejudice against LGBT persons, including by launching a sensitization campaign aimed at the general public and providing appropriate training to public officials so as to put an end to the social stigmatization of LGBT persons. The State party should ensure that all reports of violence against LGBT persons are effectively investigated and that perpetrators of violence based on sexual grounds are prosecuted and sanctioned.

Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CCPR-Montenegro-2014-eng