Gay Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th October 2006.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts about promoting gay rights.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights has not been raised recently at ministerial level with our European partners. However, the EU has been active on these issues in UN fora. The EU raised LGBT rights during the interactive dialogues with the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteurs on Violence Against Women and Contemporary Racism during the second session of the UN Human Rights Council (19 September-6 October 2006). At official level, the UK continues to work closely with EU partners to ensure that LGBT non-governmental organisations receive fair consideration when applying for consultative status with the UN. We continue to look out for suitable opportunities to raise concerns where we have them.

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