Video: LGBT rights are human rights
A country with one foot in the door of the EU, where seven out of ten people regard homosexuality as a disease. A country where coming out as a gay person may result in a broken nose, a fractured jaw, and emotional wounds that will never heal.
Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs
Goran Miletic, Expert Western Balkans Civil Rights Defenders
Predrag Pajdic, Visual Artist
Zoran Radulovic, LGBT Activist
During the Pride festival in 2010 the Serbian 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.
The following year the parade was banned by the authorities. With this decision, the authorities deny their own citizens their right to freedom of expression and assembly.
Ahead of the 2012 Pride Belgrade, the expectations on the new government of Serbia to allow the parade were high. Goran Miletic called it ”a test” for the government – to prove how interested the government is in human rights and in rule of law in general. But, for a second consecutive year, supporters of LGBT people’s rights were not allowed to walk the streets of Belgrade, to express their views.
Tags: Belgrade Pride, Freedom of assembly, Freedom of expression, Goran Miletic, and LGBT.