UK supports Nepal pride festival

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The British Ambassador, John Tucknott, and Embassy staff joined hands at the street parade in a show of support and solidarity with the sexual and gender minority communities of Nepal.

The UK supports the right of sexual and gender minorities to march together in order to raise awareness of the specific issues that affect them. Many individuals still face discrimination, from society and the state, based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The UK has a long history of defending the basic rights and freedoms of the marginalised and vulnerable. We are committed to placing human rights at the heart of foreign policy. Everyone, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, should be free to enjoy the full rights and freedoms accorded to the people of Nepal.

Human rights – including justice, equality, and freedom of expression – are the foundations upon which democratic states are built. International human rights law is grounded on the premise that all individuals are entitled to the same rights and freedoms, as set out in agreements to which Nepal is party.

British Ambassador John Tucknott said: “Nepal Pride is not just about LGBT people standing up for their rights. It’s about all of us - straight or gay - supporting them in their quest for equality. It is about saying no to intolerance, no to prejudice, no to discrimination, and no to violence. It is about saying yes to embracing diversity. I wish all the participants in Nepal Pride 2010 a safe and enjoyable day.”

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