Advertising for the now-threatened Euro Pride 2022 in Belgrade, 12-20 September (Photo: EuroPride 2022)

How can Serbia ban EuroPride yet still hope to join EU?

The president of Serbia's attempt to block EuroPride 2022 is an attack on the civil rights of the LGBTI+ community.

If successful, it sets a dangerous precedent for the region and beyond. Europe must act swiftly to support EuroPride 2022 to ensure that the progress made for LGBTI+ rights in the region is not lost.

When the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) announced in 2019 that Belgrade would host EuroP...

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Author Bio

Hanna Gerdes is chairperson of the Stockholm-based Civil Rights Defenders, where Anders L. Pettersson is executive director.