Government fails LGBT community

Organising Committee for Belgrade Pride 2012Due to alleged threats from extremist right-wing groups, the Ministry of Interior decided to ban the Pride parade in Belgrade again in 2012. Civil Rights Defenders consider this a failure by the Government to protect one of the country’s vulnerable groups.

– We can only interpret this as a capitulation of the state; the Ministry of Interior giving in to threats from extremist group. The state of Serbia fails its nonviolent citizens, who just wanted to gather and march peacefully through their capital, says Goran Miletic, human rights lawyer and Civil Rights Defenders Programme Director for the Western Balkans.

The ban of the Pride parade is yet another confirmation of the poor human rights protection of minorities in Serbia. The Pride organisers will respect the Government’s decision, although it violates the right to freedom of assembly. It also violates the decision by the Constitutional Court of Serbia, which in December 2011 declared the banning of the 2009 Pride parade unconstitutional.

The other activities of Belgrade Pride Week continue as planned.

Categories: News.
Tags: Discrimination, Freedom of assembly, LGBT, and Pride.