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Bangladesh: LGBT People

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on the safety of LGBT+ activists in that country.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK is committed to the principle of non-discrimination on any grounds, including on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. We welcome recent Bangladeshi legislation recognising the rights of the Hijra/transgender community. However, homosexuality remains illegal in Bangladesh, and we are aware that LGBT campaigners have been targeted by extremists and remain under pressure. UK ministers and our High Commission in Dhaka will continue to engage with the Government of Bangladesh on the full range of our human rights concerns, including LGBT rights.

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