Ambassadors accredited in Poland support LGBT community in open letter

Ambassadors accredited in Poland support LGBT community in open letter Georgette Mosbacher/Twitter

Several dozen ambassadors in an open letter co-ordinated by the Belgian Embassy in Poland expressed support for the efforts aimed at raising social awareness about the problems affecting the LGBT community.

US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher broke the news on Twitter on Sunday. "Human Rights are not an ideology - they are universal. 50 Ambassadors and Representatives agree," she tweeted.

"Although due to epidemiological circumstances the 2020 Warsaw Equality Parade could not take place at the foreseen date we express our support for the efforts to raise public awareness of issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community and other communities in Poland facing similar challenges," the ambassadors wrote in the letter.

"We also acknowledge similar efforts in Bialystok, Bielsko–Biala, Czestochowa, Gniezno, Kalisz, Katowice, Kielce, Koszalin, Krakow, Lublin, Lodz, Nowy Sacz, Olsztyn, Opole, Plock, Poznan, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Tarnow, Torun, Trojmiasto, Wloclawek, Wroclaw and Zielona Gora," they went on to say.

"We affirm the inherent dignity of each individual as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," the ambassadors wrote, adding that "respect for these fundamental rights, which are also enshrined in OSCE commitments and the obligations and standards of the Council of Europe and the European Union as communities of rights and values, obliges governments to protect all citizens from violence and discrimination and to ensure they enjoy equal opportunities."

They pointed out that "to this end, and in particular to shield communities in need of protection from verbal and physical abuse and hate speech, we need to jointly work on an environment of non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance."

"We pay tribute to the hard work of LGBTI and other communities in Poland and around the world, as well as the work of all those who seek to ensure human rights for LGBTI and other persons belonging to communities facing similar challenges, and to end discrimination in particular on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity," the letter went on to say.

"Human rights are universal and everyone, including LGBTI persons, are entitled to their full enjoyment," they said in conclusion, adding that "this is something that everyone should support."