June 29, 2019

An LGBT activist assaulted after LGBT Pride Parade

Incident due to sexual orientation or gender identity

What happened: On 29.06.2019, around 4:00 p.m., it was reported that in Skopje, Matka Canyon, I.B. (32), L.Z.
(33), J.K. (33), А.I. (21), L.H. (32), and B.А. (36) were insulted and threatened by several individuals. Afterwards,
on the Isa Buletini Square in Saraj, J.А. (30) from Skopje physically assaulted B.A. J.A. was immediately
detained at a police station for further investigation and solving the case.

Date, time and place of incident: On 29.06.2019, around 4:00 p.m., near Isa Buletini Square in Saraj.
Source of information: MOI’s daily newsletter, slobodenpecat.mk; 1tv.mk.
Victim(s) involved: One victim.
Type of crime(s): Violence (Article 386, CC of RNM).
Perpetrator(s): One perpetrator.
Brief description of the event with bias indicators: In this incident the bias motive is sexual orientation,
with the bias indicators being:
1. Sexual orientation – the victim belonged to a different sexual orientation;
2. Time – immediately after Gay Pride.

Status of case: Perpetrator identified.
Response of the local authorities: Measures are being taken to completely solve the case.
Impact on the victims and the community: These types of incidents call into question the general safety in
the country.

Saraj, Skopje, Northern Macedonia
Location Name
Matka Canyon / Isa Buletini Square

Number of victims
Number of Perpetrators
Status of the case
Perpetrators identified
Type of incident?
Physical attack (assault) Violence
Incident location
How did the police react?
They investigated the incident
Have there been similar incidents / crimes in the same location?
An LGBT activist assaulted after LGBT Pride Parade image

Criminal offences

Against Freedoms and Rights
Violation of citizens’ equality Prevention or disturbance of public gathering


Sexual orientation