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Across the globe, cultural, traditional or religious values continue to be used to justify persecution, discrimination, bullying and ill-treatment against LGBTI persons. Even in countries with legal protection, stigmatisation due to homophobia, transphobia and biphobia remains high. It is our duty to combat this, notably through our policies, concrete actions and communication, which should be inclusive, respectful and leaving no one behind.
To celebrate the power of unity, cooperation and dialogue in Europe and around the world, more than 400 guests happily joined in the celebration of Europe Day 2019 at a reception held at Sierra Lighthouse. The EU Delegation had prepared a video for the occasion with messages on EU in Sierra Leone, which was projected at the entrance.
Kindly click to view this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G29C7uAaKq0
At a time when human rights are challenged on a daily basis with many attempts to undermine the universality and indivisibility of human rights, the EU has remained at the forefront of the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy, be it in international forums, bilaterally with governments or through concrete support to the civil society.
Guest of Honour, Honourable Presidential Advisor on Education Dr John Gai Yoh, Hon. Ministers, Hon. Members of Parliament, Religious leaders, SRSG, Ambassadors and Heads of Mission, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I welcome all of you to the celebration of Europe Day at the EU Compound.
Before I begin, I would like to thank all my colleagues in the Delegation for their hard work in the setup of this wonderful event.