Georgia: LGBT People

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 12th July 2021.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Georgian counterpart on far-right attacks on LGBT+ organisations in that country.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is fully committed to the promotion and protection of LGBT+ rights globally. Ahead of Tbilisi Pride, our Embassy met representatives of LGBT+ groups to offer our support and representatives of the Government of Georgia to call for the safety of those attending Pride events. During Pride, our Ambassador opened the first event of Tbilisi Pride week - the screening of a British-Georgian film about Pride's "March of Dignity" in Tbilisi in 2019. The UK Embassy also flew the rainbow flag on Monday 5 July, the day of the planned "March for Dignity", in support of the LGBT+ community.

The UK is very concerned about the violence which occurred in response to the planned Pride "March for Dignity". Through our Embassy we issued a joint statement with partners including the US and the EU, condemning those attacks and calling on the Government of Georgia to prosecute those responsible and to protect those exercising their Constitutional rights to freedom of expression and assembly. We continue to monitor developments, alongside our continuing support for the Georgian LGBT+ community.

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