A week after launching a comprehensive strategy to tackle transgender prejudice, the UK government claimed it is leading the way in protecting the rights of LGB&T people.
The development is significant as every year the European Union receives an estimated 10,000 claims by LGBTI asylum seekers.
The claim on leading the way in safeguarding their rights came as the government welcomed the first ever report by the United Nations, looking at the widespread discrimination and violence facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The UN is calling on all countries to apply the international legal framework to protect people’s rights, including by decriminalising same sex relations between adults.
The report supports and endorses what the UK is doing to address prejudices and support freedom of expression.
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: “All over the world, people still suffer terrible treatment due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“The UN should be congratulated for raising awareness of the issues, and, crucially, calling on the international community to take action.
“The UK government is leading the way in protecting the rights of LGB&T people. Last week we launched a comprehensive strategy to tackle transgender prejudice, which includes tougher penalties for crimes against transgendered people”.
The Home Office added: `In March, the government launched a strategy setting out actions to tackle LGB and T inequality