Green Deputy Prime Minister Petra De Sutter will travel to Serbia on September 13 to open a human rights conference, which will be organized on the sidelines of the EuroPride canceled by the authorities. With her presence, De Sutter wants to make a statement “about how we as a society must not give way to human rights and make no one invisible,” she says. The minister will also meet a delegation of Hungarian LGBTQI people on Monday/today.
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De Sutter was invited by the Europride organization. The conference where she will speak will last until September 14. “The Serbian president wants to ban the march, senior religious threaten violence, according to a political leader 95 percent of the Serbs would be against the pride and it is called a peripheral and idiotic subject,” says De Sutter. She therefore did not hesitate for a second about the request to open the human rights conference and hopes that her speech “will be a heart to all LGBTQI+ people”.
De Sutter will speak in the company of representatives of the United Nations and people from European Institutions. “We are also aiming to visit a place where LGBTQI+ people come together. That way I can talk about their human rights situation there myself. In addition, there will be intense contact with our embassy and the people we will meet there.”
On Monday, De Sutter will also receive a delegation of Hungarian LGBTQI people, including the chairman of the Budapest Pride. Their country passed a law last summer banning the education of minors about homosexuality and gender reassignment.
“I feel that we are at a turning point in some countries. The decline of LGBTQI+ rights, and human rights in general, cannot go unchecked. That is why our country plans to support the European Commission in the so-called infringement procedure against Hungary,” said De Sutter. In concrete terms, Belgium plans to present legal arguments in the lawsuit before the European Court of Justice as to why, according to our country, EU law has been violated by Hungary.