On the occasion of the 27th Budapest Pride Festival, we, the undersigned Embassies and Cultural Institutes, express our full support for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community and their equality rights and non-discrimination, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and protection from violence.
We note the strong advocacy of LGBTQI+ human rights defenders, activists, journalists, media professionals and civil society organizations working to ensure that all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or their sex characteristics, receive equal treatment and full protection of the law. Respect for the rule of law and universal human rights are the foundations on which democratic states are built.
International human rights law is based on the general principle that all individuals have the same rights and freedoms without discrimination. We reject and condemn all acts of violence, harassment, stigmatization and discrimination committed against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics and support the fight against discourse of hatred, violence and discrimination targeting LGBTQI+ people and communities. in all regions of the world.
Celebrating diversity is an important way to promote respect for human rights for all. Budapest Pride has the longest history of such events in the region, and we highlight its role in promoting equal treatment and social acceptance for all LGBTQI+ people, and contributing to the creation of a more open, just, inclusive and egalitarian society.
Signed by the following embassies and cultural institutes:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, General Delegation of Flanders, Wallonia -Brussels International, Austrian Culture Forum Budapest, British Council, Czech Center, Estonian Institute, FinnAgora, Goethe-Institut, French Institute, Instituto Camões, Instituto Cervantes, Italian Cultural Institute.