We, the Ambassadors from the Diplomatic Missions of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, the United Kingdom, joined by the European Commission Representation and European Parliament Liaisons Office, express our support for the Dublin Pride festival and will take part as a joint contingent of ‘Diplomats for Equality’ in the Dublin Pride Parade on Saturday 29 June 2019.
We reaffirm our opposition to all forms of discrimination, including on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. International human rights law is grounded on the premise that all individuals are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Citizens of all societies, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and related persons (LGBT+), should be able to live freely without fear of violence or discrimination, and play an active part in society.
Education, raising awareness and dialogue are key tools in overcoming stereotypes and prejudice against LGBT+ persons. More must be done to address ongoing and unacceptable instances of discrimination and/or persecution of LGBT+ persons globally. This includes hate-motivated violence, arbitrary arrest and the application of the death penalty. More than 68 countries still criminalize same-sex conduct between consenting adults. We commit to continuing our work to promote respect and non-discrimination against LGBT+ persons.
We would like to thank the organisers of Dublin Pride 2019.