Kaos GLs Letter to Serbian Authorities
Monday, September 05, 2011
By: Kaos GL
Kaos GL requested the Serbian goverment to take sufficient security measures for the Belgrade Pride Parade to succeed.
Serbian LGBT organizations are seeking adequate security measures by the state during Belgrade Pride Parade on October 2, 2011.
Kaos GL shared its support letter, in which it has underlined the importance of each and every EU and non-EU member country’s dedication to democracy for minorities, with Serbian President, Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, Minister of Human and Minority Rights and Belgrade Mayor.
Serbian LGBT organizations has proven great success in the visilibity of LGBTs in all public spheres over the last decade and now are continuing the preparations of Pride Week to take place on October 2. The first attempt by a small group of LGBTs in 2001 faced holigan attacks when the state did not provide sufficient security for the participants. The second attempt in 2009 was banned by the state when the organizers did not accept goverment’s offer of pulling the event back to a remote park area or cancel it altogether.
At last in 2010, the first Pride events took place when the state did provide enough security for the participants and state representatives showed up to express their support. Organizers of the Pride now seek for support from local and international institutions for the continuation of state support and in order to be provided with necessary security measures. Kaos GL shared its support letter, in which it has underlined the importance of each and every EU and non-EU member country’s dedication to democracy for minorities, with Serbian President, Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, Minister of Human and Minority Rights and Belgrade Mayor.
Kaos GL On October Belgrade Pride
September 5, 2011
Dear President Tadic,
We are writing to you to support in the strongest possible terms about the upcoming Belgrade Pride and your possible contribution to its success and safety.
Serbian LGBT movement has proven in the last decade its dedication to take part in public sphere and therefor organizing a Pride Parade first in 2001. It was unfortunate that the insufficient security provided by the state caused the Pride to be jeopardized due to physical attacks by protesters. Next attempt in 2009 was unfortunately banned when the organizers did not pull the event back to a remote park or cancel it fully.
After the two initiatives, the very first Pride Parade was successfully organized and took place in October, 2010. Although riots again occurred, the state police protected participants of the Pride, while various state officials also came and expressed their support. This shows the growing respect of the Serbian state towards its population without making a distinction on their sexual orientation or gender identity. We support the Serbian state in complementing its human rights and in its defence of important values such as human dignity and diversity.
We wanted to bring these issues -which we feel are major breaches of EU laws in both act and spirit- to your attention. It is crutial for all vulnerable groups that each and all EU member /associate member states respect EU's values, principals, laws and criterias.
We would express our very great pleasure if the Serbian State again proved its dedication to democracy on October 2nd, 2011.
Kaos Gay - Lesbian Cultural Researches and Solidarity Association
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