The Netherlands supports LGBTI Pride Marches in Slovakia
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Slovakia co-signed the Joint Statement supporting the Slovak LGBTI community during the upcoming LGBTI Pride Marches in Bratislava (19 August) and Kosice (2 September). The Statement has been presented to the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, as well as to the Slovak media.
©Kingdom of the Netherlands
Bratislava, August 17, 2017
As friends and partners of Slovakia from the international community, we welcome the growing success of the LGBTI Pride Marches in Bratislava and Košice in recent years. These events celebrate the contributions to society of LGBTI persons and affirm respect for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity. 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. This is a human rights challenge for all of us, and thus one that we should address. A more inclusive society benefits everyone.
Addressing this challenge is consistent with the international obligations of our governments. We recall the affirmation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights without distinction of any kind. 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.
Acknowledging various difficulties still faced by the LGBTI community in all of our countries, we recognize 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. We stand together with those addressing these important issues and encourage everyone to support and advance all human rights for all.
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