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Cabinet rejects moves to decriminalize homosexuality

2017-01-18 06:32:53
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The Cabinet is reported to have rejected surreptitious attempts buy some to decriminalize homosexuality.

A new provision has been included, under women's rights, in the draft on the Human Rights Action Plan seeking not to discriminate anyone on sexual orientation. Some ministers are reported to have protested at yesterday's Cabinet meeting saying it was yet another surreptitious attempt to recognize homosexuality.

The HR Action Plan was developed through an inter-ministerial process, with the leading role played by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

It contains proposals to address Sri Lanka's human rights responsibilities under international human rights instruments, on a voluntary basis. The process adopted to evolve the draft ensures that it represents expectations of all segments of Sri Lankan society, in keeping with the mandate received by the National Unity Government to promote good governance, rule of law, democracy, human rights, and reconciliation, and achieve durable peace. (Kelum Bandara)


  Comments - 27

  • Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 18 January 2017 07:14

    We can guess who are supporting homosexuality in the cabinet .

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    Gaykurulla Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:35

    Echcharama thama meratata aduwela thiyenne.

    Reply : 21       42

    ONLY SOME Wednesday, 18 January 2017 07:17

    "SOME MINISTERS are reported to have protested at yesterday's Cabinet meeting...." (emphasis is mine) -- These ONLY two words could mean a lot ! !

    Reply : 8       52

    Hiran Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:32

    Sri Lanka has a long way to go to realize that there are different sexual orientations among humans. It is not unnatural. In fact homosexual orientation have been observed among nearly 500 species in the animal kingdom and keeps growing. What ever attitude people hold towards homosexuals they must never be persecuted for their sexual orientation.

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    Pincha Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:32

    Whether 500 species or 5 million species, for any of the species a child is born from the union of a male and female. Every other thing is against the nature and we sympathize with their un-natural behaviour and thinking. Let them decide who their father and mother.

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    Rubert Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:34

    500 of them? Funny hey. Apart from friendly animals like Penguins, who walk in male-pairs, has anybody see any sexual activity of two animals after spending all that money over the years to find one? Let's be honest, animals behaviour is natural and non-homosexual. It is a crime to label them the ones they are not. But that should not deter humans making laws for themselves. Homosexuality in humans is real and they do need recognition but leave theanimals alone..

    Reply : 17       21

    THINK Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:43

    We are one of the highest educated nation but high in BACKWARD in thinking

    Reply : 49       132

    Rajasinghe Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:47

    we are so backward.No one need to promote homosexuality, but archaic Victorian laws criminalizing it is inhuman.

    Reply : 24       109

    Sunil Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:04

    Yes Sri Lanka is still an intolerant country not at all surprised...

    Reply : 31       85

    Garbashani Samatala Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:24

    Why cant the accept Gay or Lesbian people? Every man and women has a right to be free!!

    Reply : 43       100

    ANTON Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:42

    HEY ..... GOTCHA !!!

    Reply : 27       10

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:25

    We are no longer living in the Victorian Empire. Even in prudish England the ban has long been abolished. Homosexuality has always existed and will always exist and is like heterosexuality a normal sexual practice. No one has the right to look into other people's bedrooms and adults have every right to have sex with each other no matter what kind of sex.Apart from this, I assume that more than half of all male Sri Lankans are at least bisexual. Even one of the highest politicians in this country is gay.A ban on homosexuality is against the rights of the people and opens up blackmail and denunciation.So away with this ban.

    Reply : 26       61

    Jude Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:41

    I have nothing against any person's sexual orientation!!! Adults are free to have consentual sexual relationship!!! However, on the same token I can express my opinion!!! Well, gay lesbian THING is a sick sick sickness!!!!

    Reply : 65       39

    prince Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:52

    It is not sickness but NATURE. Ask any medical proffesnol.

    Reply : 10       26

    Thanos Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:47

    Why is ones sexual-orientation anyone's problem? They should have the same right and they should be subject to the same or laws as others.

    Reply : 16       68

    das Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:58

    We claim to be highly educated and also very tolerant because of our Buddhist culture etc. But we are very primitive, frustrated and intolerant.

    Reply : 18       73

    Sincere Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:06

    The very foundation of the family concept is violated!

    Reply : 49       35

    Sue Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:18

    No one has the right to criminalize a way of living that people have no control over.

    Reply : 12       39

    saraprobe Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:23

    for god sake move on with time

    Reply : 11       47

    kk Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:27

    can give right before marriage... sorry ladies .. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       1

    leo Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:32

    good move...otherwise next they will ask to legalize paedophilia...

    Reply : 30       18

    Praba Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:40

    If homo sexuality is a criminal offence our courts will have no time for anything else than punishing thousands who practice this at present. When are we going to have a cabinet with some IQ?

    Reply : 7       19

    Roger Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:48

    Very soon people will be ok with Pedophilia also saying its a natural thing

    Reply : 29       19

    Pf Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:10

    This is a country with sexually unsatisfied people.It is a major human right.Major physical need of human being.Many developed nations opened barriers for sex. via DM Android App

    Reply : 11       16

    Think Wednesday, 18 January 2017 22:47

    This might be legal all over the world but we have a culture in sri lanka what ur religion has said about this the religion i am in it has strictly prohibited via DM Android App

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    jehan Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:21

    Put two men in a room and close the door, see if anyone gets pregnant. Gay mafia wants to show, they are Gay because they are born like that. But really its a choice like rape. or adultery. nobody is born Gay.Sodham and Gomrah were destroyed by God for the sin of publicly being Gay without shame. and promoting gayism.

    Reply : 14       8

    Zayeem Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:28

    In Islamic countries Homosexuality before Marriage - Lashes Penalty.After Marriage - Death Penalty. via DM Android App

    Reply : 13       4

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