Our protest regarding hate speech and threats to LGBT persons

IA strongly condemns the actions of individuals and groups that use hate speech, threatening and call for lynching the organizers of the forthcoming LGBT gathering in Budva. IA calls upon the police and authorities to immediately deal with the perpetrators and prosecute the offense of stirring up hatred and intolerance toward LGBT people.

Publishing of a mock obituary with a photo and full name of Zdravko Cimbaljević is a direct threat to his physical integrity, as well as all LGBT persons in Montenegro and undoubtedly incites hatred and spreads hostility toward LGBT people in our country.

The state of Montenegro is obliged to sanction any individual or group to commit criminal acts against LGBT people. In this sense, we demand the relevant institutions to respond adequately and protect the participants of the LGBT gathering scheduled for tomorrow. The right to public assembly and expression are fundamental human rights and the state has an obligation to enable everyone to freely use these rights, regardless of any personal characteristic.

Stevo Muk
President of the Managing Board

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