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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 recent steps the Government has taken to support the work and safety of human rights and LGBT rights groups in Egypt.

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)

​Defence and promotion of human rights, including the rights of LGBT people, remains a fundamental objective of UK foreign policy. Human rights defenders (HRDs) are courageous people who are striving to improve the rights of their fellow citizens and further the development of their countries. The UK recognises the growing threats that many HRDs face and works with international partners to support them through organisations like Lifeline and Frontline Defenders. Egypt is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Priority Country and we regularly raise our human rights concerns with the Egyptian authorities, including the arrests of HRDs.

In 2017 the Foreign Secretary issued revised UK Guidelines on Working with Human Rights Defenders. These enable the UK diplomatic network to provide the most effective support to HRDs, including in Egypt.

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