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34 foreign missions celebrate commitment on LGBTI-rights

Foreign Missions in New Delhi Celebrate the
Commitment of their Country to Full Equality for all Human Beings Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT day), we the undersigned diplomatic missions in India’s capital, reaffirm our countries' strong commitment to promoting the universality of human rights and to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, enjoys these rights without discrimination.

Every year around May or June, our governments and our civil society work together to support, organize, or participate in a wide range of events to celebrate the diversity of our citizens, to reduce discrimination and misinformation about the LGBTI community, to build on individual and collective achievements, and to highlight what needs to be done to ensure human dignity and equality for all human beings. Events are as diverse as the countries and communities that host them, but usually concentrate around IDAHOT day on May 17, LGBTI Pride marches and events in June, and sometimes at other moments of the year such as on Human Rights Day on December 10.

This year, events organized by foreign missions in New Delhi around IDAHOT day include the lighting of embassies in the iconic colours of the LGBTI rainbow flag, hoisting the rainbow flag on the embassies’ flagpoles, LGBTI film screenings, lectures, as well social media campaigns using the hashtags #MyCountry4Equality and #IDAHOT2018.

These diverse celebrations raise awareness about this important issue and foster a sense of community and belonging to advance human rights for all throughout the world. When all persons are protected on the basis of equality and with dignity, global stability is enhanced. We note with pride the increasing progress being made around the world to protect the fundamental human rights of LGBTI individuals.

We also take this occasion to express our solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live freely and with dignity.

Signatories:

Australian High Commission
Austrian Embassy
Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium
Embassy of Brazil
British High Commission
High Commission of Canada
Embassy of Costa Rica
Embassy of Croatia
Embassy of the Czech Republic
Royal Embassy of Denmark
Delegation of the European Union
Embassy of Finland
Embassy of France
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Embassy of Greece
Embassy of Iceland
Embassy of Ireland Embassy of Italy
Embassy of Japan
Embassy of Latvia
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
Embassy of Luxembourg
High Commission of Malta
Embassy of Mexico
New Zealand High Commission
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Embassy of Portugal
Embassy of Serbia
Embassy of Slovenia
Embassy of Spain
Embassy of Sweden
Embassy of Switzerland
Embassy of the United States of America

Denmark was (in 1989) the first country in the world to enact registered partnership laws (similar to civil unions) for same-sex couples, with most of the same rights as married couples. 



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