LGBT Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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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) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in St Lucia; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Kiribati; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in the Seychelles; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Nigeria; and if he will make a statement;

(5) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement;

(6) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in St Vincent and the Grenadines; and if he will make a statement;

(7) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Guyana; and if he will make a statement;

(8) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Trinidad and Tobago; and if he will make a statement;

(9) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in the Cook Islands; and if he will make a statement;

(10) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Botswana; and if he will make a statement;

(11) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Malawi; and if he will make a statement;

(12) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Namibia; and if he will make a statement;

(13) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in India; and if he will make a statement;

(14) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in the Maldives; and if he will make a statement;

(15) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Malaysia; and if he will make a statement;

(16) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement;

(17) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Brunei; and if he will make a statement;

(18) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Antigua and Barbuda; and if he will make a statement;

(19) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Belize; and if he will make a statement;

(20) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Dominica; and if he will make a statement;

(21) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in the Solomon Islands; and if he will make a statement;

(22) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Tonga; and if he will make a statement;

(23) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Tuvalu; and if he will make a statement;

(24) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Cameroon; and if he will make a statement;

(25) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Ghana; and if he will make a statement;

(26) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Kenya; and if he will make a statement;

(27) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Mauritius; and if he will make a statement;

(28) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Swaziland; and if he will make a statement;

(29) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Tanzania; and if he will make a statement;

(30) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Uganda; and if he will make a statement;

(31) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Zambia; and if he will make a statement;

(32) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement;

(33) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Grenada; and if he will make a statement;

(34) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Jamaica; and if he will make a statement;

(35) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in St Kitts and Nevis; and if he will make a statement;

(36) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Singapore; and if he will make a statement;

(37) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement;

(38) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Barbados; and if he will make a statement;

(39) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Nauru; and if he will make a statement;

(40) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Papua New Guinea; and if he will make a statement;

(41) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in Samoa; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

Work to combat violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people forms an important part of our wider international human rights work. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office works through our embassies and high commissions, and through international organisations, including the Commonwealth, the EU and the UN, to promote tolerance and non-discrimination against LGBT people and to address discriminatory laws, in particular those that criminalise homosexuality.

The UK has been a member of the LGBT core group in Geneva since 2011, playing a key role in passing the UN’s first ever resolution on LGBT rights and recently joined its counterpart group in New York.

Within the Commonwealth we continue to encourage the Secretariat and the Secretary-General to do more to promote the rights of its LGBT people. The former Foreign Secretary, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), wrote to the Commonwealth Secretary-General in March urging him to take concrete action to address this issue within the Commonwealth.

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