The group from 30+ Permanent Missions paid tribute to human diversity in all its richness, and the right of every human person to be proud of who they are, to define their own identity and to love the person of their choice.
EU Ambassador Lotte Knudsen was joined by several other Ambassadors from EU Member States, as well as many other Permanent Missions, jointly waving the rainbow flag under the slogan #loveislove.
The EU sees it as unacceptable that human rights continue to be violated and abused in all parts of the world, with no accountability, on the basis of perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. The criminalisation of sexual orientation and non-recognition of trans- and intersex identities leads to stigma and marginalisation of LGBTI persons, multiplying the challenges they face to freely access health services. LGBTI persons are also victims of violence and abuse, as domestic violence spikes during the confinement. Now, more than ever, it is time for the international community to renew its commitments to combat all forms of violence, discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes against LGBTI persons on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or any other grounds.
The EU is firm in its resolve to fight against impunity for human rights violations, discrimination and abuses against LGBTI persons worldwide. With the launch of the LGBTI + Equality Strategy by the European Commission, the EU sets an example to advance progress in the promotion and protection of human rights of LGBTI persons.
The European Union recalls that all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. This cannot be forgotten at this time of global crisis, and when returning to a state of normalcy. We undertake to ensure that our response upholds the dignity and human rights of all without discrimination of any kind and call on all governments around the world to do the same. No one should be left behind, and no human right ignored.