ILGA-Europe strongly condemns the decision of the Serbian authorities to ban Belgrade Pride events and Pride March which were scheduled to take place this weekend.
Gabi Calleja, Co-Chair of the Executive Board ILGA-Europe, said:
“We are deeply disappointed at this decision. No one argues that this event unfortunately attracts violent protesters. However, it is a State duty to provide protection to everyone who wants to exercise their constitutional right to peaceful demonstration. This is not the first time the Serbian authorities have used ‘security threats’ as an argument to cancel Pride March. Frankly speaking we consider this an excuse for the lack of political will to ensure the human rights of LGBTI citizens.
Martin K.I. Christensen, Co-Chair of the Executive Board ILGA-Europe, added:
“We call on the Serbian authorities to change their decision and to ensure that the Pride event goes ahead properly protected. We believe the Serbian state has sufficient resources to ensure the safety of the Pride participants and to prevent the hooligans whose intent is violence and disobedience of law and order from causing harm. We now want to see their political will and commitment. ”