International Day of Tolerance

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On 16 November we celebrate International Day of Tolerance. Today, the mayors of Polish and foreign cities have made their special call for respect for the principles of equality and tolerance towards minorities and discriminated groups.

International Day of Tolerance is celebrated worldwide on 16 November. It was established in 1995 by the UN General Assembly, at the initiative of UNESCO.

Following the motto 'Warsaw for all', the Capital City will remain a tolerant city that respects diversity, that does not divide and exclude, that respects feelings, customs and opinions. Unfortunately, the country’s rulers have thrown this word out of their dictionary and are persecuting any independence and distinctiveness. However, local government bodies will remind them that - according to the constitution - everyone is entitled to equal rights. As well as about the fact that with the decline of tolerance comes the decline of the state,” claims Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw. He adds, “On 16 November in Polish and European cities we will manifest our solidarity by lighting up buildings and raising rainbow flags.

This year’s commemorations will be attended by members of the P. Adamowicz Union of Polish Metropolises - Warsaw, Białystok, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Łódź, Poznań, Rzeszów, Szczecin and Wrocław - as well as local authorities from the Association of Polish Cities.

Upon the initiative of Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Warsaw, numerous cities from abroad have also joined the campaign - London, Barcelona, Oslo, Düsseldorf, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Madrid, Copenhagen, Ghent, Birmingham and Reykjavik.

The city mayors and presidents made a joint appeal recalling the role and importance of tolerance in the life of every town and region, recalled the excerpt from the Declaration on the Principles of Tolerance and also expressed their solidarity with all those suffering discrimination and exclusion.

We are demonstrating our solidarity with all those who face exclusion, discrimination and unequal treatment on a daily basis. People whose voices need to be amplified and those who are determined to fight for their rights, being verbally and, more recently, physically attacked.

We believe that every citizen of our little homelands enjoys the same rights and obligations, regardless of nationality, religion, political opinion, origin or sexual orientation.