Ukraine is summoned to guarantee the safe and peaceful holding of the March of Equality in Kyiv on June 18. It is claimed in the joint statement of the Ambassadors of the European countries and also Ambassadors of Canada and the USA. The statement is published by the press service of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine.
The international community is worried about the safety of the LGBT citizens, their families, friends and all people who support the equality and tolerance in Ukraine after the incidents of the violence towards LGBT representatives took place as it is claimed in the statement.
‘This year the theme of the March of Equality is Country for Everyone! Last year KyivPride held peacefully and the motto of the Eurovision 2017 was Celebrate Diversity. We summon everyone to take an advantage from the positive previous experience and continue to support the equality in Ukraine. We appeal to the police and city authorities to support and protect LGBT rights to hold the March of Equality. We also ask all Ukrainians to respect the rights of their fellow citizens for the peaceful meeting. This summon is also spread to other cities of Ukraine, where the similar events can be planned. The diplomatic community plans to observe the March and join it to reflect our commitment to the promotion of the human rights and equality’, as it is reported in the statement.
The diplomats emphasized that Ukraine already achieved a great progress on its way to recognition and protection of the human rights. The National strategy in the sphere of the human rights and Implementation Plan of it underline this.
‘We hope for the peaceful and safe holding of the March of Equality in Kyiv and similar events in other cities of Ukraine. Also, we hope for the further activities to guarantee the equality to all Ukrainians. A few diplomatic representatives will hang out the rainbow flag in solidarity with LGBT community and to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia’, the diplomats claimed.
About 5 thousand people will take part in the March of Equality in Kyiv on June 18. Rebecca Harms the member of the European Parliament summoned the police to guarantee the safety of the March.