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2012 Belgrade Pride march banned

AI-Index: EUR 70/020/2012

On 3 October, the Serbian Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Ivica Dačić, banned the 2012 Pride march on the basis of unspecified security threats. This ban has denied the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

In his justification for the ban of the 2012 Pride march, Serbian Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Ivica Dačić cited a heightened level of threats, including alleged paramilitary threats. He denied that he had given in to right-wing organizations, and claimed that the ban would protect the peace and public order and the rights of all citizens.

In the past few days, the Minister has come under pressure from a large number of right-wing groups, politicians and the head of the Serbian Orthodox church, to ban the Pride march. He also banned all other demonstrations from taking place on 6 October.

This ban has violated the right to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly of LGBT activists and individuals in Serbia. There are also fears that the ban, in the context of threats from homophobic groups, will have the long-term effect of undermining the rights of LGBT people in Serbia and the provisions of the 2009 Anti-Discrimination Law. However, LGBT activists have responded positively, saying that the Pride will go on, “within four walls”.

Additional Information

Amnesty International notes that while Article 5 (1) of the Law on the Public Assembly of Citizens states that: “Maintaining order in the public assembly is the responsibility of the organizer”, Article 5(2) states, “Activities to ensure protection of safety of person and property of participants of the public assembly and other citizens, maintaining public order and peace, safety of traffic and other activities related to securing the public assembly, are to be conducted by the Ministry of Interior.”

Serbian authorities banned the Belgrade Pride march in 2011 on account of reported security threats, and on the basis of the violence of the counter-demonstrations against the 2010 Pride march. The Serbian authorities provided adequate protection to Pride participants in 2010, with the deployment of 5,000 police officers facing more than 6,000 counter-demonstrators.

From first-hand experience of participation in Belgrade Pride 2010, Amnesty International is well aware of the problems faced at that time by the Ministry of Interior in addressing the security challenges posed by the threats from and actions of right wing groups. However, the organization notes that of those arrested in 2010, few of those allegedly responsible for the violence or for issuing threats to the organizers and supporters of the Pride have been brought to justice. Even fewer investigations and prosecutions took place following the banning of the 2011 Pride, on the grounds of reported security threats.

Amnesty International considers that the Serbian government cannot reduce respect for freedom of assembly of LGBT groups and individuals solely to a security issue. By banning the Pride march, the Serbian government would again fail to fulfill its international obligation to guarantee the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly to LGBT groups and individuals, without discrimination.

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