Serbia-29th Session, January 2018-Violence on the basis of sexual orientation, Violence on the basis of gender identity

National Report

Para 51) We emphasise that with the adoption of the Law on Gender Equality, prevention and protection have been further improved, given that this law defines violence against women as a violation of human rights and in a separate chapter prescribes the prohibition of any form of violence based on gender, sexual characteristics, that is, gender and violence against women in the private and public sphere.


State under Review
UN Compilation

Para 51) The United Nations country team reported that threats, and in some cases physical attacks on premises and individuals, against civil society organizations, human rights defenders and activists, mostly against those working on transitional justice, media freedoms, the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons and climate change, continued to be recorded. Reportedly, many of those attacks had not been thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators had not been prosecuted. Some of the attacks had led to mass protests, occasionally dispersed by the police.

Para 101) The United Nations country team, noted that hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons occurred frequently and were not adequately prosecuted and sanctioned. Family violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons included verbal and physical abuse, eviction from family homes and forced medical treatment. Roma lesbian women had been identified as particularly vulnerable, being exposed to intersectional discrimination and violence, including within their communities and families. Transgender persons were often pathologized, and a lack of necessary and adequate hormone therapy medications was reported.