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Embassies: Inclusive and diverse society benefits everyone

Representatives of international community in Slovakia say no to discrimination and violence in their joint statement on LGBTI rights ahead of the Pride March taking place in Bratislava this Saturday.

(Source: SITA)

As international friends and partners with Slovakia, we join in celebrating LGBTI+ Pride and reaffirm our commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all. Pride Marches in Bratislava on July 14 and in Košice on September 1, together with other Pride events, are a celebration of the important societal contributions of LGBTI+ persons and affirm respect for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity. We hope that these events will continue to advance positive societal attitudes towards LGBTI+ family members, neighbours, colleagues, and friends.

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Everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights without distinction of any kind, as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our governments have acknowledged this as a basic truth, and we continue to strive toward implementing that ideal with our partners. We affirm, too, the principles of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

We recognize and welcome efforts to protect and advance the human rights of everyone in the Slovak Republic, including LGBTI+ persons. Everyone deserves a safe environment, free from violence and harassment. This is a challenge all around the world, and we stand together with those addressing these important issues. Addressing this challenge is consistent with the international obligations of our governments. We encourage everyone to support and advance all human rights for all. An inclusive and diverse society based on equality, respect, and liberty benefits everyone.

Signatories:

Embassy of Albania

Embassy of Australia

Embassy of Austria

Embassy of Belgium

Embassy of Canada

Embassy of Cyprus

Embassy of Denmark

Embassy of Estonia

Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia

Embassy of Finland

Embassy of France

Embassy of Germany

Embassy of Greece

Embassy of Iceland to the Slovak Republic

Embassy of Ireland

Embassy of the State of Israel

Embassy of Italy

Embassy of Lithuania

Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Embassy of New Zealand

Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway

Embassy of Portugal

Embassy of Romania

Embassy of Serbia

Embassy of Spain

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia

Embassy of Sweden

Embassy of Switzerland

Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Embassy of the United States of America

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