36 embassies have signed a letter of support for the Warsaw Equality Parade
A record number of diplomatic missions signed the letter of support for the demands of Equality Parade 2016. The letter was handed to the Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment.
The number of embassies which support the Equality Parade each year is growing. Last year the record number of 33 signatures was collected – this year it has been broken again.
The support given to us by the embassies every year makes us pleased – says Jej Perfekcyjność , an Equality Parade spokesperson. – This is living proof and a clear sign that the fight for human rights has a global dimension. Especially that the letter was signed by the representatives of the countries from four different continents.
The Equality Parade is also supported by the Embassies in other ways. The Embassy of Norway, through the Norway Grants, is this year’s Gold Sponsor of the Equality Parade. The Embassy of the Netherlands will be present at the Equality Parade with its own platform drive promoting equality issues. Some embassies support the events within the Equality Parade Festival as well as the series of events accompanying the parade itself.
So far the letter of support has been signed by the embassies from Europe, North and South America and Africa. From this year on they are joined by, among others, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Embassy of Switzerland and – what may surprise – the Embassy of Ukraine. Apart from the embassies, the letter is also signed by the European Commission Representation Office in Poland and the UNHCR National Office in Poland. The signatories of the letters focus on the fight for LGBTI rights as they are still the less protected rights in Poland.
The full letter below:
On the occasion of this year’s Warsaw Equality Parade, we express our support for efforts to raise public awareness of the issue affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Poland. In this regard, we affirm the inherent dignity of each individual as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Respect for these fundamental values, which are also enshrined in the framework of the Council of Europe and the European Union as a community of values, obliges governments to protect all citizens from violence and discrimination and to ensure they enjoy equal opportunities. For this, we need to jointly work on an environment of tolerance and acceptance. We pay tribute to the hard work of LGBTI communities in Poland and around the world, as well as the work of all those in government and outside who seek to ensure human rights for LGBTI persons and end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBTI rights are human rights, which everyone should support.