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Iran: Sexuality

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

(1) whether his Department has made any recent representations to the Iranian government on its approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people;

(2) what representations he has received on the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK opposes all discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all circumstances. We believe human rights are universal and apply equally to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We are concerned by the harsh punishments for homosexual activity in Iran. My officials expressed concerns about this issue and about the specific cases of two individuals, alleged to have been sentenced to death for homosexual activity, to the Iranian embassy in London on 19 January 2011, after we received reports of the cases.

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