LGBT Watchdog Chides Balkan, Central Europe Countries for Rights Setbacks

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05/11/2023

Europe’s leading LGBT rights organisation, ILGA-Europe has criticised Serbia and Turkey for their handling of LGBT community rights in its latest Rainbow Map and Index. The report says the pushbacks LGBT communities are facing in these countries “can also be seen in the challenge to freedom of assembly amid the rise of anti-democratic forces”. “Serbia, which hosted a seriously compromised EuroPride march after last-minute attempts by the Serbian President and Minister of the Interior to ban the event, went down three places, while Turkey remains almost at the very bottom of the ranking after another year of crackdowns on Pride gatherings, showing that in 2023 the basic right to gather in a public space still cannot be taken for granted,” ILGA- Europe said in a press release.

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