Protect Baltic Pride 2012
This action is currently closed
|Thank you to the 1,200 of you who signed our petition for a safe Baltic Pride.
Update 30 May: Baltic Pride is going ahead!
Every year Baltic Pride faces widespread opposition and risks cancellation, but we're delighted to let you know that Baltic Pride 2012 in Riga has been given the official go-ahead!
Baltic Pride is on 2 June. Read blogs from our campaigners as they prepare to join the march in Riga.
Baltic Pride 2012
Baltic Pride, the annual celebration of diversity and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Baltic States, is under threat.
Due to take place in Latvian capital Riga on 2 June 2012, participants face discrimination from local authorities and violent threats from homophobic groups.
We're asking the Latvian authorities to ensure adequate protection for the Pride, to respect participants' freedom of expression and their freedom of peaceful assembly.
Local authorities have threatened to outlaw Baltic Pride in the past. Last month, Riga Council received proposals to ban 'homosexual propaganda' and cancel the march. We are concerned that authorities in Riga will cave to pressure from homophobic groups.
Threats of violence
Discrimination against LGBT people in the region remains widespread, and participants of Baltic Pride have faced threats to their safety in the past. We want the authorities to provide protection for Baltic Pride to go ahead safely, respecting participants' right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. Read more