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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 10146, tabled on 14 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender people by the Palestinian Police and Palestinian Authority.

Answered on

21 September 2015

We are deeply concerned about the treatment of the LGBT community in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), particularly in Gaza where they are subject to widespread social discrimination for cultural and religious reasons. Homosexuality remains a taboo subject in the OPTs. In some places, such as Ramallah, these taboos are relaxed, but in more conservative areas the situation is very challenging. There are no laws protecting LGBT people, however we are not aware of any recent legal cases being prosecuted against LGBT people.