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May 11, 2013

A group of radical Muslims, football hooligans and student organisations have tried to stop the launching event and demolished the place where Kosovo 2.0 has planned to launch their third edition of their magazine named “Sex Issue”. Indeed, this magazine as Editor Besa Luci describes in her blog “aim to break the culture of silence, shame and violence” and give a voice to LGBT communities throughout Balkans. Coincidentally, this comes just one week before the Russian Federation will consider in the first reading a draft law banning the so-called propaganda of homosexualism nationally.

However, before the launching event of “Sex Issue” Magazine, a student organization called “Paqja Studentore” has publicly declared that “they are concerned for the non-human event which wills only contributing to the degradation of the society”. Seriously, how come the society will degrade by a magazine which gives a voice to voiceless communities and highlights one of the most stigmatized community in Kosovo as LGBT are?!

During the whole day, today (Friday) several offensive comments have been published in the Kosovo 2.0 Facebook Page like this one below:

 

Some other pro-Muslim Facebook groups even used national heroes for their propaganda and the screenshot below explains it very well:

 

Their statement in Facebook explicitly says: “Let`s oppose degeneration, division, prostitution, homosexualism and anti-values in our regions, and especially this tonight in Prishtina, which are enforced form outside and from the serbs who speak albanian”.

This is pure discrimination and violation of freedom of speech!

For the sake of argument, here is how Kosovo`s Constitution protects the discrimination of LGBT community and freedom of speech.

Article 24 of the Constitution of Kosovo bans discrimination on a number of grounds, including sexual orientation.

Article 24 [Equality Before the Law]

“2. No one shall be discriminated against on grounds of race, color, gender, language,  religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, relation to any community,  property, economic and social condition, sexual orientation, birth, disability or other personal status”.

Kosovo is thus one of the few states in Europe with a constitutional ban on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Furthermore, the Anti-Discrimination Law of 2004, passed by the Kosovo Assembly, bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in a variety of fields, including employment, membership of organisations, education, the provision of goods and services, social security and access to housing. The definition of discrimination in this law explicitly includes direct and indirect discrimination, as well as harassment, victimisation and segregation.

Even though Kosovo’s Constitution does not restrict its definition of marriage to the union between a man and a woman, though same-sex couples are not currently recognized by law. Article 37 stipulates that anyone can enter into marriage based on free will

Article 37 [Right to Marriage and Family]

“1. Based on free will, everyone enjoys the right to marry and the right to have a family as provided by law.
2. Marriage and divorce are regulated by law and are based on the equality of spouses.
3. Family enjoys special protection by the state in a manner provided by law.” 

While Article 40 of Kosovo`s Constitution guarantee the freedom of speech to everybody and it includes the right to express oneself, to disseminate and receive information, opinions and other messages without impediment.

Article 40 [Freedom of Expression]

“1. Freedom of expression is guaranteed.  Freedom of expression includes the right to express oneself, to disseminate and receive information, opinions and other messages without impediment.” 

It is important to emphasize that this is not the first time that these groups use hate speech and violance to discredit others. This time again, they used the same tactics – violence and hate speech online to stop the launching event; to discriminate LGBT community in Kosovo (and wide), and to stop freedom of speech in Europe`s newest country.

Whose fault is now? Perhaps lack of sex?

“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight!” – John Lennon

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