Opinion: The cyclical farce of Serbian gay pride
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Opinion: The cyclical farce of Serbian gay pride

(Source: Balkan Insight) Not for the first time, the government is trying to have it both ways – pleasing extremists by banning this year’s Gay Pride, and pleasing the EU by pledging it can go head next year. By Christian Axboe Nielsen, BIRN, Denmark On 27 September 2013, the Serbian government announced the cancellation, for the second … Continue reading

Christian Right: “Victory in Belgrade”
balkans / homophobia / pride / religion / serbia

Christian Right: “Victory in Belgrade”

The World Congress of Families, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, is hailing the official ban of Serbia’s main Pride Parade as a “victory in Belgrade” in the fight for the “natural family in Serbia.” The World Congress credited Serbia’s right-wing Christian “Dveri” movement with leading the successful opposition to this year’s Pride – the third consecutive … Continue reading

Serbian ombudsman slams Pride ban
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Serbian ombudsman slams Pride ban

BELGRADE — Saša Janković says the state had no right to ban anyone from exercising their constitutional rights because someone else was threatening them with violence.  The citizens’ ombudsman added that the state “has the right to call its ban reasonable.” Commenting on last week’s decision to cancel the Belgrade Pride Parade due to security … Continue reading

EU: Serbian pride ban a “missed opportunity”
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EU: Serbian pride ban a “missed opportunity”

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle (of the Czech Republic) stated today that by banning Belgrade Pride for the third year in a row, the Serbian government had “missed an opportunity to show respect for fundamental rights.” Fule, the principal EU official responsible for negotiations for Serbia’s accession to the European Union, went on to say … Continue reading

Serbian government defends Pride ban
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Serbian government defends Pride ban

KOCELJEVA — Aleksandar Vučić has said the decision to ban Pride Parade and all other assemblies in Belgrade was “the only right decision, made in the interest of citizens.” “This does not mean that hooligans have defeated the government,” the deputy Pm told reporters in Koceljeva over the weekend, and according to reports .”asked what … Continue reading