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Deputy Protector of Citizens for Gender Equality, Ms. Jelena Stojanović, flew rainbow flags down the Institution’s premises on the occasion of 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), in support of citizens of different sexual orientation and gender identity.

“The Institution I have been heading for years has been endeavoring to provide systemic protection for LGBTI people who continue to encounter threats and attacks in the Republic of Serbia. For several years now, I have been advocating for amending the existing and adopting new regulations that would ensure that members of this community fully enjoy their rights, “ said the Protector of Citizens, Mr. Zoran Pašalić, on this occasion.

Pašalić reminded that in December 2020, he had asked the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue to draft laws on the organization of same-sex unions as soon as possible, as well as to legally regulate the outcomes of adjusting (changing) gender identity and gender.

"Prior to that, last June, I pointed out the need to amend the Criminal Code in order to treat crimes committed on the grounds of sexual orientation as acts of racism and intolerance” Pašalić stated adding that amendments to the Law on Police are needed in order to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation as well.

In addition, it is necessary to amend the Law on Free Legal Aid in order to include LGBTI people in the category of beneficiaries in a vulnerable position, as well as the Law on Textbooks, which would contain an explicit ban on the content that incites prejudices and stereotypes, said the Protector of Citizens.

The International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) commemorates that day in 1990, when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality from the list of disorders.