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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th July 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Barker Baroness Barker Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Voluntary Sector)

Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia regarding violence against, and the detention of, people who are perceived, or identify, as LGBT in Chechnya.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

Officials from our Embassy in Moscow have raised our concerns at a senior level with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 28 April, the Foreign Secretary, together with his Dutch, German, French and Swedish counterparts, co-signed a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov urging the Russian Government to investigate the reports and ensure the safety of activists and journalists investigating these abuses. The UK has also taken action in a number of multilateral fora; making our concerns clear in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Council of Europe and the UN Human Rights Council.

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