Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality Committee Chairman about Attack on Labris Activists

Regarding the attack on Dragoslava Barzut and her fellow Labris activists in the night between 26 and 27 September, the Chairman of the Committee on Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality, Meho Omerovic, said that the state needs to react swiftly and energetically, the authorities need to find the attackers post haste and the Prosecutor’s Office needs to treat this as a hate crime.

Omerovic said that if the state does not react swiftly and energetically, it will prove itself hypocritical.

“What use are then pride parades led by ambassadors? They would only be a show put on for the public and media, and any real equality and protection of those different will be so much ink on paper”, said Omerovic.

He added that the brutality of the attack and the serious injuries caused to the girls peacefully sitting in a bar, just because of their sexual orientation, prove that the LGBT population is an endangered minority threatened by violence.

“I believe we are building a society where hate crimes will be punished and a state whose institutions will work in line with the law”, concluded Omerovic.

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