Foreign embassies’ common declaration in support of Baltic Pride 2017

A number of foreign embassies and representations in Estonia have issued a declaration in support of Baltic Pride 2017, saying that everybody needs to keep working towards an environment free from discrimination.

On the occasion of Baltic Pride 2017, taking place in Tallinn from 6-9 July, we express our support for efforts to enhance the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons and to raise public awareness of the issues affecting the LGBTI communities in the Baltic states.

Human rights apply to every human being, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Respect for these basic principles obliges states to protect all citizens from violence and discrimination and to ensure they enjoy equal opportunities. We reaffirm the inherent dignity of each individual as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For this, we need to keep working together to create an environment of inclusion and equality, free from discrimination where all human rights are fully guaranteed.

We pay tribute to the important work of the LGBTI communities in the Baltic states, 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, gender identity or gender expression.

LGBTI rights are human rights, which everyone should support and respect.

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Embassy of Austria, Embassy of Brazil, British Embassy, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of Czech Republic, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of France, Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Greece, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of Latvia, Embassy of Lithuania, Embassy of Netherlands, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of the United States of America, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Commission Representation, European Parliament Information Office, Nordic Council of Ministers

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