Chisinau, June 8, 2023 –
June is Pride Month, when we celebrate the vibrant LGBTQI+ community worldwide, commemorate the ongoing struggle for human rights, and renew our commitment to the inclusion, participation, and protection of all people irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In that spirit, we express solidarity with LGBTQI+ persons in the Republic of Moldova and around the world, and reaffirm that LGBTQI+ rights are human rights. As stated in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, everyone is entitled to all rights — including the right to peaceful assembly, the right to freedom of association, the right to freedom of expression, and the right to equal protection under the law.
Our countries have made significant strides in ensuring full and equal rights for LGBTQI+ persons, and we will continue to make progress by working together. We are collectively committed to working with our partners in the Republic of Moldova and around the world to advance human rights and equality for all.
*This joint statement is issued by the missions of Australia, the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Council of Europe, the Republic of Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Finland, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Hellenic Republic (Greece), Ireland, the State of Israel, the Republic of Italy, the Republic of Latvia, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Portugal, the Republic of Slovenia, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Swiss Confederation, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United Nations, and the United States of America.