Calgary-based activist says LGBT refugees struggle to heal, prove persecution

On Sept 25, 2017 CBC News reported: One of the organizers of Serbia’s much-protested LGBT pride parade has moved to Calgary, and is now speaking out about the difficulties refugees face proving their cases.

Boban Stojanovic escaped to Canada from Belgrade, Serbia, last year with his partner, after he was attacked in the middle of the city mid-day. Despite recognizing his attackers, he says Serbian police failed to investigate and bring them to justice.

“That was like last straw and I decided, OK, I will leave,” Stojanovic told The Calgary Eyeopener on Monday morning.

His multiple complaints to police — none of which were solved — helped prove his refugee claim, that he was being persecuted in Serbia due to his sexual orientation.

“I was lucky, ironically lucky, because my claim was accepted based on 23 pages of unsolved cases and almost 1,000 pages of evidence,” Stojanovic said.

Read more at: Calgary-based activist says LGBT refugees struggle to heal, prove persecution – Calgary – CBC News

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