Ambassadors of 16 countries urged Ukraine to tolerate LGBT society on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia celebrated on 17 May. Diplomats of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Canada, EU, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and U.S. made a joint statement on May 16, Interfax Ukraine reported.
“Ukraine has made a noticeable progress in human rights recognition and protection, however, the work in not done yet. We urge Ukraine to go on supporting equality, dignity and rule of law for everyone resting on this success. The international community will go on advocating safety of lesbians, gays, bisexual, transsexual and inter-sex Ukrainians, their friends, relatives and all the supporters of tolerance and equality in Ukraine,” the document reads.
The diplomats called police and public officers of Ukraine to support and protect the rights of the representatives and supporters of LGBT community to hold March of equality on June 17.
“We also ask for all Ukrainians to respect the right of their fellow citizens to peaceful assembly,” reads the statement.
The appeal also notes that the values of tolerance and respect to diversity are basic values for democratic society.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is celebrated on 17 May.
As we reported earlier, the radical nationalist groups violently disrupted a discussion on LGBTI rights in Kyiv on May 10, 2018. Despite the aggressive behavior of intruders, Kyiv police did not remove them from the premises, and the owner of the place had to cancel the meeting.