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Joint Statement Expressing Support for the 2012 Prague Pride Festival

Prague, August 13, 2012
Ambassador Eisen and a group from the U.S. Embassy marched in the 2nd annual Pride Parade in Prague on August 18, 2012. (Photo U.S. Embassy)

Ambassador Eisen and a group from the U.S. Embassy marched in the 2nd annual Pride Parade in Prague on August 18, 2012.

Parade participants walked from Wenceslas square to Střelecký island accompanied by floats with music and dancers. (Photo U.S. Embassy)

Parade participants walked from Wenceslas square to Střelecký island accompanied by floats with music and dancers.

On the occasion of the 2nd annual Prague Pride Festival, we express our solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of the Czech Republic in their celebration. This festival is an opportunity to celebrate diversity peacefully, to share opinions publicly, and to raise awareness of important issues. As set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all individuals are entitled to the same rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and freedom of belief.

The Prague Pride Festival reminds us that ensuring LGBT rights is an important aspect of fulfilling our broader international human rights commitments since the full recognition of those rights is still one of the world’s remaining human rights challenges. Safeguarding human rights and guarding against intolerance requires constant vigilance in the Czech Republic, as in all our countries. Therefore today, we align ourselves with the Prague Pride participants in working to reject discrimination while embracing tolerance and respect for the dignity of all persons around the world.

H. E. Renilde Loeckx, Ambassador of Belgium
H. E. Valerie Gail Raymond, Ambassador of Canada
H. E. Päivi Hiltunen-Toivio, Ambassador of Finland
H. E. Alison Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland
H. E. Jens Eikaas, Ambassador of Norway
H. E. Annika Jagander, Ambassador of Sweden
H. E. André Regli, Ambassador of Switzerland
H. E. Sian MacLeod, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
H. E. Norman Eisen, Ambassador of the Embassy of the United States of America
Chargé d’Affaires Lise Schouboe, Embassy of Denmark
Chargé d’Affaires Christoffer Jonker, Embassy of the Netherlands