Diplomats in BiH against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

Diplomats in BiH against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

Representatives of the diplomatic corps in Bosnia and Herzegovina issued today a joint statement and expressed their support and solidarity to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) people in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – IDAHOT.

“On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), we, the undersigned, express our support for, and solidarity with, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Every citizen of BiH – regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics – is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, including the right to be protected from discrimination and violence, and the right to peaceful assembly”, stressed the diplomats in a joint statement.

They added that the strongest, safest, and most prosperous societies are those in which all citizens can live freely, without fear of violence or discrimination. LGBTI people in BiH, as it is noted, also deserve to be accorded the same respect and dignity as their fellow citizens.

“They should enjoy a fair and equal opportunity to play a full and active part in their own society.

We stand ready to support the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with civil society organizations and all interested parties, in their efforts to ensure the protection of human rights and social inclusion of LGBTI people.  Human rights are universal and apply equally to all people”, the joint statement goes on.

They also added that the first BiH Pride Parade, announced for 8 September 2019, presents an important opportunity for the institutions in BiH to demonstrate their continued dedication to fundamental human rights for all, including ensuring the protection of their LGBTI citizens.  “Access to public space and the freedom of assembly are critical in the advancement of human rights for all members of our society and are guaranteed to all citizens of BiH by its Constitution and other legislation. The Pride Parade is an opportunity for BiH – which prides itself on being an open, multicultural country that respects the rights of all individuals – to demonstrate tolerance and appreciation for diversity.  We look forward to seeing all public officials, institutions, and citizens of BiH working together to ensure that this event will be conducted peacefully, safely, and with dignity”, they conclude./ibna