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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 promote the rights of LGBTI people overseas.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

Our work to combat violence and discrimination against Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGB&T) people is therefore an important part of our international human rights work. We work through our embassies and high commissions, and through international organisations, including the UN, the Council of Europe and the Commonwealth, to raise awareness of the importance of tolerance and non-discrimination against all people, including LGB&T people, and to address discriminatory laws, in particular those that criminalise homosexuality.

We welcomed the adoption at the Human Rights Council in September 2014 of the UN’s second ever resolution on sexual orientation, which passed by a much bigger majority than the first resolution on this issue in 2011. We work with partners as part of the UN’s LGB&T Core Group in New York to ensure that the UN does more to combat discrimination and protect the rights of all, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We support targeted project work and work with civil society in individual country situations.

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