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Egypt: LGBT People

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert Conservative, Arundel and South Downs

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken in response to actions taken by the Government of Egypt against the LGBT community.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is committed to protecting and promoting the rights of LGBT people and supporting the legal, cultural and social change required to enable equality for LGBT people. We are concerned about the situation for LGBT people in Egypt. Our Ambassador in Cairo raised the arrests of LGBT people and forced anal examinations with the Egyptian Government in December 2017. Ministers in London have also raised the issue. The Egyptian Government is well aware of our position on LGBT rights and we continue to call on them to uphold and protect the rights of all minorities in the country.

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