International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Serbia (CCPR 10-04-2017)

The Committee considered the third periodic report of Serbia (CCPR/C/SRB/3) at its 3341st and 3342nd meetings (see CCPR/C/SR.3341 and 3342), held on 7 and 8 March 2017. At its 3364th meeting, held on 23 March 2017, it adopted the present concluding observations.

Concluding observations

C. Principal matters of concern and recommendations

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons and persons with HIV

  1. The Committee is concerned that: (a) the number of acts of discrimination, intolerance and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons remains very high; (b) the legal consequences of adjusting or changing one’s sex are not currently regulated by any legal framework and there is no right to a preferred gender in the absence of surgical intervention; and (c) persons with HIV continue to face discrimination and violations of their right to privacy, particularly within the context of health care (arts. 2, 7, 16 and 26).
  2. The State party should:

(a) strengthen measures to eradicate all forms of social stigmatization, discrimination and violence against persons based on their sexual orientation and gender identity or HIV status; and

(b) implement a procedure for legal gender recognition that is compatible with the provisions of the Covenant.

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