Serbian government urged to allow LGBT pride parade

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Navi Pillay

Authorities in Serbia have been urged to facilitate the re-scheduling of a pride parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that was planned for Saturday.

The call has come from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, after the Serbian Ministry of Interior banned all public gatherings on that day based on security assessments.

Charles Appel reports.

Last year’s parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Serbia was also banned for security reasons.

In a pride parade held in Belgrade in 2010 there were outbreaks of violence by individuals who threw stones and bottles at the marchers and committed acts of vandalism.

Many police officers and other people were injured in that incident.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says that authorities should confront prejudice not submit to it.

She is appealing to the Serbian authorities to facilitate the rescheduling of the 2012 parade for the LGBT community.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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