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The Delegation of the European Union to Canada is hosting a series of activities throughout the month of May to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration – Europe Day. On 8 May 2019, EU Ambassador Peteris Ustubs and Ms. Anna Ustuba hosted a reception at the National Arts Centre, followed by flag-raising ceremonies in Toronto and Halifax on 9 May. The European Union flag will also be raised at Ottawa City Hall.
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.
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.