Pride parade banned in Serbia

On Sunday, 30 September, Pride week opened in Serbia, a week full of seminars, debates and art exhibitions, in support of the country’s LGBT community. For the second year in a row, the authorities are now banning the parade, claiming that national security is endangered. The Parade is not only a symbol of LGBT people’s rights; it is also a demonstration of every citizen’s right to freedom of expression and assembly.

In 2010 the authorities proved that they could protect their citizens. None of the participants in the parade came to any harm. But the price was high. Several police officers were injured and parts of Belgrade city centre were demolished.

Belgrade Pride is a week full of activities. Between 30 September and 7 October, there will be seminars, discussions, press conferences, and art shows.

See the full agenda

Civil Rights Defenders are one of the main organisers of Belgrade Pride and will be present to offer support and take part in the different events.

For more information, please read:

There will always be Pride, blogg by Goran Miletic (Programme Director for the Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders)

Or visit:

Visit the website for Pride Belgrade 2012 – Prajd 2012 (in Serbian)
Visit the website for Pride Belgrade 2012 – Prajd 2012 (in English)

For Press:

Goran Miletic, Programme Director for the Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders (stationed in Belgrade), will be present during the whole week.

Please email: goran.miletic@civilrightsdefenders.org or call: +381 63 250 433

Robert Hårdh, Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders, will also be present from Thursday 4 October to Sunday 7 October. Please call: +46 709 14 63 14

Categories: News.
Tags: Pride.
Regions: Serbia.