Gambia

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat, Westmorland and Lonsdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve the rights of LGBTI people in Gambia.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK position on human rights is clear: human rights are universal and must apply equally to all people. We are therefore concerned about the "Aggravated Homosexuality Bill" recently introduced in The Gambia, and the British Ambassador in Banjul has raised these concerns with the Gambian government on numerous occasions in recent months.

Furthermore, we have raised our concerns at the United Nations when The Gambia’s human rights record was evaluated during the Universal Periodic Review. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will also be focussing on The Gambia’s record on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues in its upcoming Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report which will be published on 12 March. This report is HMG’s flagship publication on human rights around the world.

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