Last week the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, has publicly stated that “EuroPride will be cancelled or postponed”: despite noting that he was “not happy” about the decision, he said that it was not the right time to host the event. He cited several reasons, including tensions with Kosovo, economic problems and concerns that anti-gay protesters could disrupt the festivities.
As the Organizers and civil rights groups pointed out, any cancellation would violate the rights of freedom of assembly and free expression, which are laid out in the Serbian Constitution and protected by European human rights law.
That’s why EuroPride is not cancelled.
The International Human Rights Conference and all elements of its programme are going to take place according to the planned schedule as well.
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, will be the first city in Southeast Europe and the first outside the EEA (European Economic Area) to host a major event for the pan-European LGBTI+ community.
In the Western Balkans, the LGBTI+ community faces deep inequality and discrimination. EuroPride in Belgrade is a turning point in the region, validating the efforts of LGBTI+ activists to achieve equality and empowering them to continue the fight.
EuroPride in such a region will be an opportunity for people from Europe to show their solidarity with the LGBTI+ community from the Western Balkans and Cassero will be there, during the Human Rights Conference and the Parade, to support and celebrate this milestone for our community.
The full agenda of the Conference can be found at the EuroPride 2022 website.
EuroPride IS going ahead in Belgrade from 12-18 September, and it has not been cancelled. Here’s the official website http://europride2022.com
Sign and share the AllOut EuroPride 2022 petition to President Vučić and Prime Minister Brnabić: https://action.allout.org/en/m/3122198a/#form- and follow accounts of EuroPride 2022 on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates.