Samofalov: For NDS human rights are one of the absolute priorities

Belgrade, 05.03.2014.

The questionnaire of Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) on the human rights of LGBT people, which was sent to political parties and groups that will take part in the national elections, was first answered by Konstantin Samofalov, on behalf of the New Democratic Party (NDS), who is a candidate for MP of this political party.
Konstantin-Samofalov-NDSAs an MP and a member of the parliamentary committee for defense and security in 2010, Samofalov participated in the work of the coordinating body consisting of representatives of various government institutions and representatives of the organizing committee of the Pride Parade, which aim was a better cooperation and coordination between institutions important for the organization of this event.

In short, when it comes to improving the situation of LGBT people in Serbia, NDS will advocate for parliamentary debate, raising public awareness, reducing discrimination and insisting on continuing to promote tolerance as they did before. They didn’t clearly defined themselves when it comes to the legal regulations of issues of importance in same-sex unions, but are willing to take part in a broad public debate on the subject that would lead to high-quality solutions. They are inviting LGBT people to vote with the claim that human and minority rights are one of the absolute priorities for them.

When asked what his party has done since the last elections in improving the situation of LGBT people in Serbia, Konstantin Samofalov responded that NDS is political party in emerging with social-democratic orientation, which implies an unequivocal policy of respect for human and minority rights and reminds of the holding of the first successful Pride Parade in 2010, when that commitment was clearly shown despite of great tension in society.

As priorities and activities on which the New Democratic Party will work in the future when it comes to human rights of LGBT people, Samofalov singled out several which are most important for his party and they include: open parliamentary debate about all the problems which minorities are facing, raising social awareness of the challenges faced by LGBT people and work to reduce discrimination. Also, he will insist on the continuation of the work to promote tolerance, as they did as members of the parliamentary committee for defense and security in the organization of the Pride Parade in 2010.

On the question whether NDS supports legal regulation of property relations, health insurance and other issues of importance to same-sex unions, Samofalov says that his party believes that the public debate on this issue, with the participation of representatives of civil society, members of the LGBT community and representatives of parliamentary parties, can lead to high-quality solutions in the interest of every citizen and society as a whole.

“For NDS as a social-democratic party, respect for human and minority rights are one of the absolute priorities”, concluded Konstantin Samofalov answering the question why should LGBT people in the upcoming national elections vote for his party.

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Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) has started another campaign in this election cycle for the upcoming Serbian parliamentary elections – the new campaign is called “Your vote, your tomorrow“. The campaign’s goal is to make political parties and groups participating in the elections take a public stance on questions regarding human rights, including the rights of LGBT people, as well as to include these issues in their pre-election programmes and platforms, offering concrete solutions for reducing violence, discrimination and homophobia. Another aim of the campaign is to invite LGBT people, as well as their parents, relatives, friends and other citizens to vote for those political options which, among other things, advocate for improving the status of LGBT people, for equality and respect of human and minority rights.
Through various activities, GSA aims to offer LGBT people and all other citizens, a clear insight into the attitudes of all relevant political parties and coalitions, regarding LGBT human rights. GSA’s campaign “Your vote, your tomorrow“ will mostly take part on the Internet and through social networks, and all interested citizens will be able to follow the campaign on GSA’s website in the column Elections 2014 (www.en.gsa.org.rs/elections-2014), and on the social networks Facebook (www.facebook.com/GSAlijansa) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/GSAlijansa).

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