19 Embassies Joint Statement Expressing Support for the 2013 Budapest Pride Festival

The following joint press release is issued by the Embassies of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Joint Statement Expressing Support for the 2013 Budapest Pride Festival

On the occasion of the 18th Budapest Pride Festival, we convey our support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Hungary and their right to express themselves peacefully and lawfully.

Respect for human rights — including justice, equality, non-discrimination, and freedom of expression — and the rule of law are the foundations upon which democratic states are built. Indeed, international human rights law is grounded on the premise that all individuals are entitled to the same rights and freedoms, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We welcome the Hungarian government’s commitment to supporting these rights and their support in June 2011 of the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

We look forward to the Pride celebrations, to the respect for them which the Hungarian people will show and to the determination of the Hungarian authorities not to allow those of extreme views to disrupt what should and will be joyful occasions.