Warsaw Pride – The next Equality Parade is set to march the streets of Warsaw on 11th! We will have many surprises and attractions in store for you. As usual, the Parade will highlight the demands of national, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities as well as disabled people. Warsaw, Poland; June 11, 2016
This annual event gathers more and more participants each year, supporters of equality and diversity. Our motto is “Equal rights – a common cause,” and with our 12 postulates we aim to support the rights of people with disabilities, gender equality, the rights of LGBTQIA, rights of minorities but also education and the rights of animals.
Warsaw Pride 2016 Poland
One more year the number of Embassies planning to partake in the Equality Parade reaches record levels. This year, 33 agencies have signed the open letter of support.
The open letter has now become a tradition. This way, the Embassies are showing their support of the Equality Parade each year. This year is the first time in history when the number of persons who have signed up exceeds 30.
– The yearly increase of support from Embassies makes us very delighted – comments Jej Perfekcyjność, Equality Parade spokesperson. – It is a tangible evidence that the fight for human rights has a worldwide dimension. This is also reflected by the fact that persons from countries all over the world have signed up to the letter.
Hitherto Embassies from Europe and America have signed up, but from this year the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa has also joined. Besides the countries who have a long history of fighting exclusion, there are also less expected names among the participants, such as the Ambassador of Montenegro, Malta and Lithuania. In their letters the Embassies are highlighting the importance of struggling for the rights of LGBTI community, a group that is weakly protected in Poland.
Full letter below:
Open letter of the Ambassadors of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Venezuela, as well as the General Representative of the Government of Flanders and the Representative of the Government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, on the occasion of the Equality Parade in Warsaw on June 13th, 2015. The coordination of this letter is ensured by the Embassy of France in Poland.
On the occasion of this year’s Warsaw Equality Parade, we express our support for efforts to raise public awareness of the issue affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Poland. In this regard, we affirm the inherent dignity of each individual as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Respect for these fundamental values, which are also enshrined in the framework of the Council of Europe and the European Union as a community of values, obliges governments to protect all citizens from violence and discrimination and to ensure they enjoy equal opportunities. For this, we need to jointly work on an environment of tolerance and acceptance. We pay tribute to the hard work of LGBTI communities in Poland and around the world, 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 or gender identity. LGBTI rights are human rights, which everyone should support.
Patricia Beatriz Salas, Ambassador of Argentina,
Jean Dunn, Ambassador of Australia,
Thomas M. Buchsbaum, Ambassador of Austria,
Colette Taquet, Ambassador of Belgium,
Alfredo Leoni, Ambassador of Brazil,
Alexandra Bugailiskis, Ambassador of Canada,
Alfredo García Castelblanco, Ambassador of Chile,
Andrea Bekić, Ambassador of Croatia,
Steen Hommel, Ambassador of Denmark,
Hanna Lehtinen, Ambassador of Finland,
Pierre Buhler, Ambassador of France,
Rolf Nikel, Ambassador of Germany,
Stavros Spyridakis, chargé d’affaires a.i., Greece,
Gerard Keown, Ambassador of Ireland,
Anna Azari, Ambassador of State of Israel in Poland,
Alessandro De Pedys, Ambassador of Italy,
Šarunas AdomaviČius, Ambassador of Lithuania
Georges Faber, Ambassador of Luxembourg,
Pierre Clive Agius, Ambassador of Malta,
Ramiz Bašić, Ambassador of Montenegro,
Wendy Hinton, Ambassador of New Zealand,
Paul Bekkers, Ambassador of the Netherlands,
Karsten Klepsvik, Ambassador of Norway,
Maria Amélia Paiva, Ambassador of Portugal,
Robert Krmelj, Ambassador of Slovenia,
Simon Jabulani Ntombela, Ambassador of South Africa,
Agustín Núnez Martínez, Ambassador of Spain,
Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of Sweden,
Robin Barnett, British Ambassador
Stephen Mull, Ambassador of the United States of America,
Luis Gomez Urdaneta, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,
Yves Wantens, General Representative of the Government of Flanders
Franck Pezza, Representative of the Government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation