Human Rights Watch urges Serbia to stop homophobia

Human Rights Watch

Serbia's government should quickly take visible steps to end a spate of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent November 16, 2009, to President Boris Tadic. Human Rights Watch called on the government to fully protect the rights of the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

"Homophobic violence in recent months has threatened LGBT people's access to basic freedoms," said Boris O. Dittrich, advocacy director in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch. "Leading politicians should show the courage to condemn hatred and prevent abuse."

The government canceled a gay pride parade that had been scheduled for September 20, 2009, in Belgrade, saying it could not ensure the participants' safety after graffiti and media statements by opponents of the march threatened parade participants with violence.

In February, the Director of the Sava Center, the conference, culture and business center in Belgrade, canceled a news conference that had been scheduled there by the Gay Straight Alliance. The center's director said that its use by an organization that promotes and advocates gay rights was inappropriate. When the organization held the news conference in Kragujevac in March, youth threw stones at the windows and doors of the building where it was held, shouting, "Faggots, we will kill you."

In the letter, Human Rights Watch urged President Tadic to denounce violence and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. Human Rights Watch called on the government to work with Serbian LGBT rights defenders to ensure that a pride parade can be held in 2010 without fear of violent disruption.

Human Rights Watch urged the government to ensure prompt, effective investigations of all threats or allegations of violence against LGBT people. Human Rights Watch urged the government to train prosecutors, police, and judges to respond effectively to violence against LGBT people, drawing on the expertise of Serbian human rights groups working on LGBT issues.

Human Rights Watch also urged the government to institute training in schools about equality and the need to prevent discrimination, and to ensure that children can receive an education in a safe environment, free from bullying or discrimination. Human Rights Watch also called on the government to provide full funding and support for the new position of national commissioner for the protection of equality created by an omnibus anti-discrimination bill passed this year, and to make certain that the commissioner's mandate includes LGBT issues.

"Freedoms on paper are worthless if the state cannot or will not protect people who are threatened when they try to exercise them," Dittrich said. "Hatred and prejudice have kept too many Serbs from full participation in society for too long."


  1. سما احمد says

    شركة جلي بلاط شمال الرياض
    شركة جلي بلاط غرب الرياض
    شركة جلي بلاط جنوب الرياض
    جلي بلاط بالرياض سعر المتر
    جلي بلاط بالرياض باكستاني
    شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض
    شركة تنظيف مسابح شرق الرياض
    شركة تنظيف مسابح شمال الرياض
    شركة تنظيف مسابح غرب الرياض
    شركة تنظيف مسابح جنوب الرياض
    شركة صيانة مسابح بالرياض
    شركة صيانة مسابح شرق الرياض
    شركة صيانة مسابح شمال الرياض
    شركة صيانة مسابح غرب الرياض

    ahmadsayed says

    شركة نقل عفش بالقصيم
    شركة نقل عفش بتبوك
    شركة نقل عفش بابها
    شركة نقل عفش بنجران
    شركة نقل عفش بحائل

    ahmadsayed says

    شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بينبع
    نقل العفش والتخزين
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة

    ahmadsayed says

    شركة المتحدة
    دليل شركات نقل العفش
    شركة نقل اثاث بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
    شركة نقل اثاث بجدة

    ahmed says

    مؤسسة مكافحة الصراصير بالقصيم الصراصير من اهم الأشكال من الحشرات الزاحفة ازعاجا وقلقا وانتشارها إجمالي بيئة نقية وغير نقية لانها تاتي بعوامل متنوعة والضرر السيكولوجي والصحي الأضخم لها انتشارها داخل الاطعمة وايضاً انتشارها فى أي موضع يسبب احراج بشان موضوع زيارة ضيف أو إرتباك وعدم احساس بالانتعاش في البيت لتواجدها لهذا ابادتها يمكنها عزيزي الزبون سيدتي الفاضلة التواصل كاهم مؤسسة مكافحة حشرات بالقصيم
    كيفية صنع مبيد للنمل بالمنزل
    المبيدات الحشرية الكيميائية
    شركة الانوار لرش المبيدات
    شركة رش مبيدات بالمجمعة

5 comments so far. What do you think?