Press Release of the Coalition to Fight Hate Speech and Hate Crimes regarding threats against Banjaluka's Association of Queer Activists (B.U.K.A.)

 

The Coalition to Fight Hate Speech and Hate Crimes harshly condemns the hate speech and threats directed towards activists of Banjaluka's Association of Queer Activists, which has been continuously expressed on social networks during the previous days, and which, in the midst of no reactions from the institutions, culminated into a verbal attack against an activist of this association.

 

We cannot understand how in the Republic of Srpska, where the Criminal Code recognizes hate speech and stipulates its punishment, public threats and exposure of the victims personal data and photographs through social networks, as well as interception of these victims in public places for the purpose of intimidation and threats, motivated by their sexual orientation and activist engagements, are not regarded as criminal deeds that should be investigated and prosecuted.  

 

Members of the Coalition to Combat Hate Speech and Hate Crimes are aware of the position of LGBT persons in our explicitly homophobic society, and thus regard that it is to act more proactively towards repressing such forms of hostility towards LGBT persons and towards obtaining the governments reaction against every shape of discrimination and violence against these persons. We appeal to the police and Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska to undertake all necessary measures to adequately investigate this case, and expose the perpetrators of these crimes, enabling their further prosecution.  

                                                     

Members of the Coalition to Combat Hate Speech and Hate Crimes

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