At a reception on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia, organised by the Office of the Council of Europe to Serbia, EuroPride 2022 Belgrade and the French Embassy to Serbia, Comic underlined that this is a goal of the government and the will of Serbia’s population.
French Ambassador to Serbia Pierre Cochard pointed out that homosexual, bisexual and transgender people are victims of harassment and torture, and often murder, all over the world, and that a large number of these acts go unpunished.
Homosexuality is still a misdemeanour and a crime in more than 70 countries in the world, and in a dozen countries homosexuality is threatened with death penalty, he said, adding that in some countries homosexuality and transsexuality are still considered diseases.
He said that on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia, France decided to symbolically raise the EuroPride 2022 flag at its embassies.
Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade Nadia Cuk pointed out that Serbia has made great progress in the fight against discrimination and respect for human rights, and that it will be the first country in the Balkans to host EuroPride.