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Pressure Mounts on Sri Lanka to Remove Anti-LGBTQ Laws as Part of E.U. Trade Deal

By Saurav Jung Thapa. Efforts to decriminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity in Sri Lanka, an island state off the southern coast of India, appear to...

Sri Lanka: Protection of minority rights must include sexual minorities

Recent decision of the government not to proceed with legal reform that decriminalizes homosexuality as both disappointing and a setback to a culture of...

Rajitha negates President’s statement re legalizing gay rights

Image: Is Sirisena a lair? Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne, apparently contradicting what President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday that he threw away a cabinet paper aimed at...

DEAR MR. SIRISENA, I’M GAY, AND I WANT MY VOTE BACK.

There was a time when we were too ashamed to admit that we voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa. Even though we believed in all he...

Sri Lanka Officially Refuses To Go Gay

Himal Kotelawala Gay rights is in the news again, what with the Cabinet notoriously rejecting a move to decriminalise homosexuality in the country. Social networking...

Sri Lanka rejects move to legitimise homosexuality

Sri Lanka’s 1883 penal code, a legacy of its British colonial rulers, makes sex between men punishable by 12 years in jail, although the...

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights in Sri Lanka – Damith Chandimal

( Image from drama on sexual rights by Grass Rooted Trust, April 2016; ©s.deshapriya) Rights of people with different sexual orientations and gender identities became...

Asgiriya Chapter calls for the right to equality for LGBT

The Asgiriya Chapter highlighted that groups with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and...

UNHRC Adopts LGBT Rights Resolution; China, Russia and OIC Oppose

( The vote; image by rappler.com) The U.N. Human Rights Council  adopted a resolution against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination at just concluded its 32 session...

Muslim States Block 11 LGBT Groups From Attending UN Aids Meeting

US ambassador says move by Organization of Islamic Cooperation represents an ‘epidemic and severely damages the credibility of the UN’ Samantha Power, the US ambassador...

In Sri Lanka, I am Considered a Criminal Just Because of Who I Love – Shyam Selvadurai

The Daily Mirror  interviewed well-renowned Sri Lankan Canadian writer Shyam Selvadurai regarding this concern. He was the first Sri Lankan writer to address issues...

End Discrimination against LGBT Community in Sri Lanka – Int. Ambassadors

( Press Release) The European Union (EU) Delegation issues the following press release in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission, Ambassadors of Norway and...

Equal Ground has ‘Nothing But Pride’ for Sri Lanka’s LGBT Community

Equal Ground is Sri Lanka's organization seeking human and politial rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning community. The organization has...

Extremist “Sinhale” threaten LGBT Activists in Sri Lanka

The far-right Sinhala group, Sinhale, has threatened to attack Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists organising a pride event in Colombo next month. Threatening...

Island of Hope — Sri Lanka’s Last Chance for Equality

by Aritha Wickramasinghe. I was born in 1984 at St Michael's Nursing Home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Then a small, but bustling metropolis, Colombo had...

Sri Lankan Police Arrest a Lesbian Couple and Police justifies its Action

In an unprecedented turn of events, Sri Lankan Police have launched a crackdown on suspected lesbians across the country says Asian Mirror. According to the...

Still a Crime to be Gay in Sri Lanka

Though new government offers some hope, say LGBT activists By Kaitlin Bardswich . Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, executive director of Equal Ground in Sri Lanka, says the LGBT-rights...

UNHRC: Landmark Resolution on Anti-Gay Bias

The Human Rights Council resolution is a significant moment for global LGBTI movements, and for people around the world who have worked tirelessly for...

LGBTI rights – still not there yet

76 countries criminalize homosexuality- Progress at UN incremental- Activists should focus on violence aspect- Mounting research exposes harsh realities-  (IRIN) - In recent years, the world has seen...
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Sri Lanka: A Muslim businessman detained  under PTA over FB posts.

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Ranjan Ramanayake is a clean, honest politician and 4 years’ rigorous imprisonment is unprecedented and exceptionally severe – M.A. Sumanthiran, M.P.

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Sri Lanka: Four years prison term for contempt of court violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

On 12 January 2021, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka found S. V. R. P. P. A. R. L. S....

Sri Lanka to appoint one more commission before the upcoming UNHRC session & has turned down an offer to co-sponsor a new resolution.

Image: The issue of enforced disappearances has never been properly investigated in Sri Lanka. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is to appoint a new Commission of Inquiry...