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 counterparts in eastern Europe on tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

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 eastern European partners. However, the EU presented a demarche to the Russian authorities in June 2006 detailing its concerns about events surrounding the proposed gay pride parade in Moscow on 27 May 2006. The EU has also been active on these issues in UN fora. The EU raised LGBT rights during the interactive dialogues with the UN Special Rapporteurs on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions 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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