LGBT activism in the Western Balkans: a regional fight for rights
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In a wide-ranging interview, Marko Attila Hoare discusses the state of B-H, its prospects of entering the EU, Serbian and Croatian policy towards it, and the record of the Hague war-crimes tribunal. How real, if there is any basis for it at all, is the fear that Bosnia and the Bosniaks could be left outside of the EU due to the growing resentment in the EU towards Muslims in general? I believe the principal obstacles to Bosnia entering the EU are, firstly, the unresolved constitutional status of the country, its dysfunctional political order and the Sejdic-Finci question, and secondly enlargement fatigue among European policy-makers. Anti-Muslim prejudice may be an aggravating factor, however. EU membership for Bosnia and Serbia might actually accelerate the disintegration of Bosnia, as the West would lose leverage against the leaders of Serbia and the RS. Bosnia-Hercegovina, in other words, must on no account enter the EU and must employ all means to prevent the entry of Serbia? But Bosnians need to enter in full awareness of possible consequences.
Gays in Bosnia still living life in the closet
I think it is essential to understand that the LGBT community in this country is not asking for special treatment. They are asking for the same rights as everyone else, to live freely and honestly, without fear of prejudice or persecution," Field wrote in his blog post titled LGBT rights are human rights. He argued that the recent use of physical violence against community members, and hostile rhetoric from public officials, only underline the value and need for such a public moment of recognition and inclusion.
Meanwhile, Muslims in Bosnia had been restive and looking forward to emancipation from Serbia's Communist rule. Bosnia's population was 31 percent Serbian. Muslims were largely in the cities and generally more prosperous and educated than other Bosnians. The Bosnian Serbs were to a great extent rural, and they were Orthodox Christian. A Bosnian Serb, Radovan Karadzic, warned the Muslims against any move toward national separation, to no effect.