A Sarajevo organization of rights activists presented its annual report on the state of gay rights in Bosnia. The “Pink Report”, compiled by the Sarajevo Open Center, was presented at a press event organized in front of the Federation parliament in Sarajevo.
The organization’s executive director Emina Bošnjak told the reporters that there were positive developments in 2016, such as the amended anti-discrimination law, which now bans discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex traits, the criminal code that now sanctions hate crimes against gays, as well as the inclusion of LGBTI rights in some government policies.
The organization’s advocacy officer Vladana Vasić said the report documents cases that the organization recorded in 2016 and 2017. There was a spike in the number of domestic violence and peer violence cases, she said.
“In 2016, we documented 20 cases of homophobic and transphobic behavior, and 12 in 2017. Of those 12 cases, 5 happened in the family environment; close relatives have physically assaulted (their gay family members), deprived them of freedom of movement and forced them to undergo treatment,” Vasić said.
One of the recommendations in the “Pink Report” is to address the issue of same-sex unions and their legal recognition.
“This is one of the recommendations in the European Union progress reports, the ombudsman’s and the Council of Europe committee against racism and intolerance reports,” Bošnjak said.