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Egypt: Homosexuality

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 to engage with the Egyptian Medical Syndicate and other key stakeholders to end forced anal examinations 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)

Our Ambassador in Cairo raised the arrests of LGBT people and forced anal examinations with the Egyptian Government in December 2017. We are concerned about reports of torture and mistreatment in detention in Egypt and continue to raise these issues with the Egyptian authorities.

We have raised our concerns in public through the UN Human Rights Council and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Human Rights Priority Country reports, and in private in meetings with Egyptian officials in London and Cairo. The UK wants to see more political progress and better protection of human rights in Egypt, including implementation of the rights guaranteed by Egypt's Constitution.

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