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.
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