I am concerned by reports of threats against the LGBT community in Tanzania. The British High Commission, alongside international partners, carried out a demarche on the Tanzanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 2 November, urging the authorities to respect human rights and protect all citizens from discrimination. I also issued a statement on the importance of rejecting language that incites violence against any group in society.
I welcome the Government of Tanzania's statement on 4 November making clear that such threats do not represent government policy, and that it will protect human rights as enshrined in the country's constitution. Following this statement, the British High Commissioner in Tanzania met the Minister for Home Affairs on 7 November and again raised our concerns over any language that encourages discrimination against any group in society.