July 7th, 2017

Embassies of 36 countries express support for Budapest Pride

36 embassies in Budapest have expressed support for Hungary’s gay community and the 22nd Budapest Pride festival of LGBTQ people now under way. Respect for human rights—including justice, equality, non-discrimination, freedom of expression as well as the non-interference in the practice of these rights—and the rule of law are the foundations upon which democratic states are built,” signatories to the joint press release wrote.

“We reject and condemn acts of violence and discrimination in all regions of the world committed against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Any discrimination on those grounds is incompatible with the provisions of the relevant legal texts, including within the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union,” the statement said.

The document was signed by the embassies of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, the United States, and the British Council.

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