LGBT people in Serbia deprived of right to family, activist says

LGBT people in Serbia deprived of right to family, activist says

LGBT people in Serbia deprived of right to family, activist says Izvor: N1

The executive director of the LGBT "Let It Be Known" association Dragoslava Barzut told N1 on Tuesday, that nothing had been done in the legislation regarding the LGBT community in Serbia for the last three years, adding that "LGBT people are deprived of the right to a family."

She added that her organisation's research "Data, not empty promises" has been published for the last two years, and the third one expected soon would mostly be about negative aspects of the situation the LGBT group was in the country.

"Last year, there were 63 cases of mistreatment (of the LGBT people), 27 physical attacks, 12 of which with serious bodily harm. It is alarming that the attacks, incidents motivated by hatred of human rights defenders increased by 19 percent," she said.

"Constant procrastination leads to cases remaining invisible, and the perpetrators unpunished," Barzut added.

"Our job is to protect the privacy of people who contact us. We have provided some descriptions that we believe are relevant to this report. We documented fifty percent more in 2019 than the year before. That shows the trust in civil society organisations has increased, and it is the most positive part of the whole report," she added.

The fear the institutions will do nothing to protect the LGBT people is enormous, according to Barzut.

"Especially when you risk being fired or coming out to the loved ones ... It's tough to imagine that a person who suffers violence will decide to report it," she said.

 Barzut added that since "there is a negative trend in the democracy of our society, it is logical that the most vulnerable groups or communities come under attack. The strength of democracy is measured by the ability of society to work disinterestedly."

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