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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL532, tabled on 16 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Belarus regarding Ihar Tsikhanyuk.

Answered on

29 June 2015

The UK has made no direct representation specifically on behalf of Mr Tsikhanyuk. We are careful not to do so in such sensitive cases unless we have the consent of those concerned. Our Embassy in Minsk supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Belarus where possible. Our Embassy in Minsk also support events to raise awareness of LGBT issues. The UK raises Belarus’s human rights record in meetings with Belarusian ministers and officials.

The UK raised the issue of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the UK advanced questions to the Belarus Universal Periodic Review this year.