Altogether 22 foreign embassies and one representation office have welcomed the LGBTI pride marches that have taken place in Bratislava and Košice in recent years. The events celebrate the contributions to society by LGBTI people and affirm respect for everyone, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity, the embassies claimed.
“We hope that the upcoming Pride Marches in Bratislava on August 19 and in Košice on September 2, together with other Pride events, will continue to advance positive societal attitudes towards LGBTI persons,” reads a joint statement sent to the media.
The embassies stressed in the statement that “a more inclusive society benefits everyone”.
“Addressing this challenge is consistent with the international obligations of our governments,” the joint statement reads.
The embassies recalled the affirmation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stating that everyone is born free as well as equal in dignity and rights without differences of any kind. They also affirmed the principles of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
“Acknowledging various difficulties still faced by the LGBTI community in all of our countries, we recognise and welcome efforts to protect the human rights of everyone in the Slovak Republic, including LGBTI persons, as set out in Slovakia’s Human Rights Strategy,” reads the joint statement. “We stand together with those addressing these important issues and encourage everyone to support and advance all human rights for everyone.”
The joint statement was signed by the embassies of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the USA, and the EC Representation in Slovakia.
17. Aug 2017 at 13:35 | Compiled by Spectator staff