Letter of ambassadors on LGBT is not formal statement - Polish official

Referring to a letter signed by several dozen ambassadors accredited to Poland regarding the LGBT community, the head of Polish PM's Office said that it was an open letter, which was not addressed to the government and not a formal statement of the diplomats.

"(...) the signing of the letter has rather the nature of an ideological and political event rather than of a formal statement by the diplomats," Michal Dworczyk stated.

On Sunday, 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.

Dworczyk told RMF FM radio on Monday that human rights, about which the ambassadors spoke, were a key issue. "All people are equal before the law. This principle has been binding in Poland," he said.

According to Dworczyk, none of the ambassadors who had signed the letter referred this issue either to the Polish Foreign Ministry or to any other state institution.

The official admitted that, on the one hand, the letter contained just theses regarding, for instance, equality before the law, and noted that everyone could agree with them. "But all kinds of suppositions, which could either appear or which emerge on the occasion of this letter, that there is a problem in Poland and that persons representing the LGBT community have any problems, are simply an untrue thesis," Dworczyk said.

Referring to the observance of human rights, Dworczyk expressed regret that several dozen ambassadors had not taken any steps to adopt a common position regarding events in Belarus, where there were fatalities and where people were being beaten and persecuted by the Belarusian authorities.

"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 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."

"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."