Statement from Diplomatic Missions for IDAHOBIT and Baltic Pride 2022

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May, and in celebration of Baltic Pride 2022, which will take place in Vilnius on 1-5 June, we reaffirm the fundamental principle strongly and convincingly supported by the European Union, that human rights are universal and that every individual is entitled to enjoy them freely, equally, openly, and without discrimination or fear.

Alana Hudson, Ambassador of New Zealand

Alix Everard, Ambassador of France

Arja Makkonen, Ambassador of Finland

Bonnie Horbach, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Brian Olley, British Ambassador

Diego Ungaro, Ambassador of Italy

Elín Flygenring, Ambassador of Iceland

Hans Brask, Ambassador of Denmark

Inger Buxton, Ambassador of Sweden

José María Robles Fraga, Ambassador of Spain

Kevin Rex, Ambassador of Canada

Lloyd Brodrick, Ambassador of Australia

Luc Jacobs, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium

Matthias Sonn, Ambassador of Germany

Ole T. Horpestad, Ambassador of Norway

Peter McIvor, Ambassador of Ireland

Robert S. Gilchrist, Ambassador of the United States

Yossi Levy, Ambassador of Israel

Yvonne Toncic-Sorinj, Ambassador of Austria

 Statement from Diplomatic Missions for the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) and Baltic Pride 2022

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May, and in celebration of Baltic Pride 2022, which will take place in Vilnius on 1-5 June, we reaffirm the fundamental principle strongly and convincingly supported by the European Union, that human rights are universal and that every individual is entitled to enjoy them freely, equally, openly, and without discrimination or fear.

We therefore express support for members of the LGBTIQ+ community in Lithuania, as they seek inclusion and recognition that families take on many forms. We hold firmly to the democratic value that everyone has the right to dignity and equality, regardless of who they are, where they live and whom they love. 

We consequently reaffirm our commitment to support the human rights of LGBTIQ+ persons everywhere, including those that took refuge in Lithuania from neighboring Russia and Belarus where LGBTIQ+ organisations and persons have been among the most vulnerable to harassment and violence under increasingly repressive regimes. Also, these deplacements show how Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified aggression against Ukraine has put the spotlight on LGBTIQ+ persons impacted by the war.

We look forward to the upcoming events for IDAHOBIT and Baltic Pride 2022 and express great appreciation to the organisers and volunteers and all working for the rights of LGBTIQ+ persons in Lithuania and beyond.

Last updated 17 May 2022, 11.37 AM