Joint Statement on Successfully Holding Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Pride March

We congratulate the Organizing Committee, March participants, local institutions, and citizens of BiH on successfully holding Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Pride March.  The people of BiH came together to reject fear and hate and instead demonstrated to the world that BiH is indeed an open and tolerant country that respects the rights of all individuals.

The Pride March is fundamentally about equal human rights for everyone.  Everyone in BiH – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – is entitled to all the same rights and freedoms.  However, the fact remains that vulnerable groups are still suffering.  It is everyone’s responsibility to support those who are marginalized and face discrimination and injustice.

We thank local institutions for facilitating the March.  Now it is time to bring legislation on peaceful assemblies in line with European and international standards, in order to legally guarantee full freedom of expression and assembly.

While challenges remain, the people of BiH took an important step in the fight for equal rights for the LGBTI and other marginalized communities.  We commend you for your courage in being true to yourselves and for giving hope to others.  We are proud to have walked alongside you and will remain by your side as you continue to march for equality and human rights for all.

Embassy of the United States of America to Bosnia and Herzegovina,  EU Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EU Delegation and EUSR), The United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Embassy of the Netherlands in Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Embassy of Germany in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Embassy of Austria in BiH, Embassy of Sweden in BiH, Embassy of Finland to BiH, Embassy of the UK in BiH, Embassy of Spain in BiH, Embassy of France in BiH, Embassy of Italy in BiH, Embassy of the Czech Republic in BiH, Embassy of Greece in BiH, Embassy of Romania in BiH, Embassy of Slovenia in BiH,  Embassy of Bulgaria in BiH and  the Diplomatic Office of the Kingdom of Belgium in BiH.