EU calls for Serbia to find a solution to host EuroPride

Borrell's spokesperson, 'participants' safety key'

02 September, 15:07

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, 2 SEP - Following the cancellation of the EuroPride parade, the EU invites Serbian authorities to continue contacts with the event's organizers to find a solution to safely host the event. "We anxiously wait a final and positive decision on this matter", is written in a note of Peter Stano, spokesperson for the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. The EU attributes great importance to the fact the Pride parade be peaceful and for it to take place in a context that ensures safety for its participants, highlights the note, underscoring the EU's support for equality and its rejection of any form of discrimination.

    EuroPride's first parade was in 1992, its mission is to support the equal rights of the LGBTIQ community across Europe.

    It gives voice to those who suffer from discrimination, violence or hate based on sex, sexual orientation or gender. "We expect - concludes the note - our closest partners' commitment to protect and promote human rights, among these the rights of the LGBTIQ community and their right to gather and express themselves according to the Constitution and international human right standards".

    In the last days, Serb authorities canceled the EuroPride parade, planned for 17 September in Belgrade, with the motivation that the country is undergoing a difficult time, particularly in reference to new tensions in Kosovo and the severe energy and food crisis related to the armed Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Furthermore, Serb authorities, highlighted how they believe the necessary safety measures to ensure the parade runs safely, are missing'.(ANSAmed).

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