Sri Lanka

LGBTI Rights in Sri Lanka


ADDED ON: 09/12/2022

Sri Lankan Prez says Govt won’t oppose Bill to decriminalise homosexuality

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday said that the government will not oppose the Private Member's Bill presented to Parliament to decriminalize homosexuality, however, the bill will require the support of…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

OPINION: We need more South Asian queer stories and voices

Shivani Dave is a freelance journalist and broadcaster at Openly and Virgin Radio. Growing up I never thought Brown people could be LGBTQ+. That’s an absolutely ridiculous thought, but when I was younger,…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2021

Sri Lanka court OKs case seeking to ban anti-LGBTI police training

At a training session for police officers in July 2021, a counsellor was recorded making homophobic remarks, including alleging that homosexuals prey on youth to lure them into the LGBT community. She…

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Aritha Wickramasinghe — Equality Director at iProbono, Sri Lanka

Aritha Wickramasinghe is the Equality Director at iProbono, a globally focused civil society organization that provides legal aid to marginalized individuals and advocates for social equity. Born in Sri Lanka, Aritha earned…

ADDED ON: 08/21/2021

Sri Lanka discusses LGBTQ rights ‘over and over’, but clings to the past

The government of Sri Lanka is undecided on LGBTQ rights, but the matter is under discussion, government officials say. The video, which surfaced on Twitter [on Aug. 2], showed the counsellor posing…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2021

LGBTQ rights: Sri Lanka still undecided, says govt in response to homophobic police video

The government of Sri Lanka is still undecided on LGBTQ rights, but the matter is under discussion and representations have been made by various quarters, a top minister said after a video…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2021

377: The British colonial law that left an anti-LGBTQ legacy in Asia

For much of the past two centuries, it was illegal to be gay in a vast swathe of the world - thanks to colonial Britain. Till today, colonial-era laws that ban homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2021

IN A FIRST, SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGES LGBT RIGHTS

In probably a first for a South Asian head of state, Sri Lankan President in a post on Twitter acknowledged the rights of LGBTQI Sri Lankans. Human rights activists said the President’s…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2020

Sri Lanka: Forced Anal Exams in Homosexuality Prosecutions

(Colombo) – Sri Lankan authorities have subjected at least seven people to forced physical examinations since 2017 in an attempt to provide proof of homosexual conduct, Human Rights Watch and EQUAL GROUND…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2020

Sri Lankan poll candidate under fire for homophobic remarks

Rights activists have condemned a former Catholic parliamentarian and candidate for Sri Lanka's Aug. 5 parliamentary election for his comments on the LGBT community. In an online interview on July 27, Kavinda…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

Tamil LGBTQ voices face even greater risk in Sri Lanka

As the Sri Lankan state continues to ramp up its militarisation of the North-East, an already marginalised community has now found itself under greater threat. The Tamil LGBTQ community, which has long…

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