Sri Lanka said it remains committed to law reform and guaranteeing non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity despite the socio-political and cultural challenges that remain with respect to reforming laws.
Responding to the questions and concerns raised at the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka in Geneva on Wednesday (15), Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle said Sri Lanka was in the process of taking measures to guarantee the right to non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
He pointed out three key developments achieved in terms of protecting and promoting rights of the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning) community.
“One development is that the government is committed to reforming the Penal Code to ensure that all offences contained in the Code are in compliance with international human rights standards. The government is committed to ensuring that no provision in the law would be applied to persons of the LGBTIQ community in a discriminatory manner,” he said.
He also said the present constitutional reform process includes the consideration of the explicit guarantee of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Mr. Nerin Pulle said the Supreme Court has made a recent progressive pronouncement on Penal Code offences that may be applied to same sex sexual conduct. “In SC appeal 32/11, the court acknowledged “contemporary thinking that consensual sex between adults should not be policed by the State nor should it be grounds for criminalization.” While acknowledging that such offences are part of Sri Lanka’s criminal law, the court held that imposing custodial sentences would be inappropriate in cases where the impugned acts were between consenting adults,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
ceylon Friday, 17 November 2017 22:15
if so why not ti marry same sex couples. via DM Android App
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godless Friday, 17 November 2017 23:56
But most religious entities will oppose this.
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Ananda Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:27
When homosexuality was illegal in the West then it was also illegal in the third world.But when the West decides to legalise homosexuality it expects the third world to do the same.In every aspect the third world is controlled by the West.That is why when a country like North Korea stand up against the West ,we as third world should give our moral support to North Korea.
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Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 18 November 2017 13:09
What kind of person are you? How can anyone give moral support to the most gruesome and murderous dictatorship whose leader has killed nearly all his family?
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BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 18 November 2017 05:34
Ha Ha all theory talk, ask any police-station or policemen how they sexually abuse transvestite.
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TJ Saturday, 18 November 2017 07:56
First, we will commit ourselves to non discrimination based on ethnic
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asexual Saturday, 18 November 2017 08:57
Clergy will oppose this.
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Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:23
No speeches but actions
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Studies Abroad Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:49
Mind of the Westerners is extreme,contradictory,and deceptive.In the 1950s in Britain they castrated homosexuals but now even the bizarre same sex marriage is legal and very norm.But we are Sri Lankans we neither castrate the homosexuals nor advocate same sex marriage but just tolerant of people's sexuality without splitting hairs.So who are civilised?
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