Representatives of diplomatic missions of 23 countries and of the European Union called on Ukrainians to support the march of equality for LGBT rights. A joint statement by diplomats was published Tuesday at the website of the German Embassy in Ukraine.
“On February 7, the Parliament of Ukraine enshrined the Euro-Atlantic direction of the country's development into the Constitution, which is a continuation of the previous international obligation to adhere to the democratic values of human rights for all citizens. With the implementation of institutional reforms and the adoption of relevant legislation, significant progress has been made over the last five years. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people remain vulnerable to sexual discrimination, including hate crimes and violations of their civil rights,” it says.
In particular, diplomats called on Ukraine to implement the National Human Rights Strategy and the relevant action plan, to ratify the Istanbul Convention and to ensure the implementation of comprehensive anti-discrimination measures.
At the same time, the statement notes significant progress of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies in protecting the rights of LGBT Ukrainians.
“To demonstrate our commitment to defending and protecting human rights and equality, the diplomatic community and international organizations will take part in marches and other events,” the diplomats said, urging Ukrainian officials, politicians, and civil society representatives to support the marches of equality.
The address was signed by representatives of the embassies of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA and the European Union.
As the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner reported earlier, the societal attitudes towards the rights of the LGBT people in Ukraine remain to be affected by stigma and representatives of the state authority think that the sexual orientation and gender identity should be studied and discussed. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, made such a statement.