ERC Statement on the shootings in Bratislava
19 October 2022
ERC Statement on the shootings near an LGBTIQ+ venue in Bratislava
The undersigned members of the Equal Rights Coalition were appalled by the October 12 shootings in Bratislava, which appear to have specifically targeted the LGBTQI+ community. Such senseless acts of hatred are unacceptable. Everyone should be able to live free from violence and persecution, regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. When those rights are attacked, the fabric of society is under attack.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. Our thoughts are also with the LGBTQI+ community in Slovakia who face hatred because of who they are or who they love.
Hate-fuelled rhetoric leads to hate-fuelled violence and has no place in any country. Non-discrimination and protection of the human rights of all persons are among the shared values that unite us and upon which our democratic societies draw strength.
The Equal Rights Coalition expresses its support and solidarity to the victims, their families and the LGBTIQ+ community in Slovakia.
Statement by the ERC Co-Chairs: