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Joint Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

16.05.2018 - Artikel

By the Ambassadors to Ukraine of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States

Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia
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Tomorrow, May 17, the world marks the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, a day when we are proud to reaffirm our commitment to the protection of human rights and promotion of equality for all, including the right of citizens to peaceful assembly and the right to freedom from discrimination. We also recognise that the values of tolerance and respect for diversity are fundamental to open, democratic societies.

On May 17, a number of signature events to mark this Day will take place throughout Ukraine. The international community remains committed to the safety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ukrainians, their friends, families, and all advocates for tolerance and equality in Ukraine.  We applaud the important contributions of Ukraine’s law enforcement officials in ensuring the peaceful conduct of Kyiv and Odesa Pride events last year, as well as the early, positive coordination with police and city officials in support of this June’s March for Equality in Kyiv. We encourage Ukraine to build on these successes and continue to support equality, dignity, and rule of law for all.

The theme for this year’s upcoming March for Equality, planned for 17 June 2018 in Kyiv, is Visibility. A number of public events, policy discussions, cultural and social initiatives, and Pride Marches are also planned in other Ukrainian cities, including Odesa, Kherson, Lviv, Kryviy Rih, Chernivtsi, Dnipro and Mykolaiv. We collectively urge police and government officials throughout Ukraine to support and protect the right of LGBTI persons and their supporters to conduct these events. We also ask all Ukrainians to respect the right of their fellow citizens to peaceful assembly. The diplomatic community plans to monitor and engage in the marches and other events as a reflection of our commitment to promoting and protecting human rights and equality. We invite government officials, parliamentarians, members of civil society, businesspeople and all Ukrainians to express their support.

Ukraine has made notable progress in recognizing and protecting human rights, but this work is still unfinished.  We continue to pledge our support to implementation of the National Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan, including additional steps in the area of anti-discrimination for LGBTI citizens and the fight against hate crimes based on sexual orientation.

We look forward to peaceful and safe Pride celebrations throughout Ukraine, as well as continued progress towards equality for all Ukrainians. 

H.E. Melissa O’Rourke, Ambassador of Australia
H.E. Hermine Poppeller, Ambassador of Austria
H.E. Luc Jacobs, Ambassador of Belgium
H.E. Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada
H.E. Louis Telemachou, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus
H.E. Ruben Madsen, Ambassador of Denmark
H.E. Hugues Mingarelli, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation
H.E. Juha Virtanen, Ambassador of Finland
H.E. Isabelle Dumont, Ambassador of France
H.E. Dr. Ernst Reichel, Ambassador of Germany
H.E. Eduard Hoeks, Ambassador of the Netherlands
H.E. Ole T. Horpestad, Ambassador of Norway
H.E. Maria Cristina Serpa de.Almeida, Ambassador of Portugal
H.E. Martin Hagström, Ambassador of Sweden
H.E. Guillaume Scheurer, Ambassador of Switzerland
H.E. Judith Gough, Ambassador of the United Kingdom
H.E. Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador of the United States