Pride Info Centre in Belgrade faces 19th attack in 6 years
In a distressing turn of events, the Pride Info Centre in Belgrade has once again become the target of an alarming attack. This incident highlights the concerning situation faced by the LGBTI+ community in Serbia, emphasising the urgent need for change.
The attack occurred in the afternoon on 7 January, when an unknown masked individual repeatedly struck the front windows of the Pride Info Centre, resulting in their complete destruction.
This is the 19th attack on Pride Info Centre since its establishment in August 2017, and none of the previous attacks has been thoroughly investigated, nor have any of the perpetrators been prosecuted to date.
“We can’t ignore the ongoing danger and vulnerability the community faces. It’s crucial to act now and work together to guarantee the safety and well-being of everyone.”– Goran Miletić, Director Europe and MENA Department at Civil Rights Defenders
Civil Rights Defenders has been supporting Pride Info Centre since its opening. The centre aims to raise awareness about the community, addressing its issues and challenges while also serving as an information point for Belgrade Pride and the broader LGBTI+ movement. Additionally, it functions as a social and creativity hub, hosting exhibitions, performances, movie screenings, debates, and discussions organised by various LGBTI+ organizations.
We express solidarity with the LGBTI+ community in the country in demanding justice and equal rights. Together, we strive for a world where love triumphs over hate. The attack is reprehensible because it undermines the very essence of inclusivity and acceptance and is a stark contradiction to the principles of understanding, respect, and unity. It is a call to action for us to stand together, unwavering in our commitment to create a society where diversity is celebrated and everyone can live free from fear.
We strongly condemn the attack and call on the Serbian authorities to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure accountability for those responsible.
Learn more about our efforts to support LGBTI+ rights here.