Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years
Female to Female Relationships: Not Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.
Have you been denied medical treatment in SRI LANKA because of your sexual orientation?
Yes, the doctor told me I couldn’t be treated because of my sexual orientation
Yes, but without explanation
LGBTI rights groups from across the former British Empire have joined forces to highlighting the plight of LGBTIs in many Commonwealth member states during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka this week. >>>
In deep sorrow, the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) mourns the loss of Sunila Abeysekera, one of our founding members and a courageous women human rights defender who had fought and contributed greatly to human rights and justice in Sri Lanka, in the South Asian region and globally. Sunila passed away in Colombo on 9 September, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. >>>
The Commonwealth nation of Sri Lanka, which the United Nations is warning is turning into an authoritarian state, has begun to step up its repression of its GLBTI citizens, according to human rights workers.
The Southern Provincial Councilor and the Attorney at Law Maithri Gunaratne in an interview to an English language local newspaper has accused that Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe’s homosexual tendencies have affected the party’s progress. >>>
There remains strong opposition to the decision to permit Sri Lanka to host the CHOGM by some groups in the Commonwealth countries and even by the Canadian government. Some of the main criticisms they have leveled against the Sri Lankan government have been due to its poor post-war performance in terms of strengthening key institutions. Sri Lanka today ranks close to the bottom of several international indices, including those for human rights, media freedom and state failure. >>>
Sunila Abeyesekera is an extremely brave and barrier-breaking activist for women's, LGBT, and all human rights in Sri Lanka, arguably the most visible human rights activist in the country. She's been under steady threat and attack from the state (not for the first time) for the last several months. Please, if you can, sign this petition calling for her protection, as well as the safety of other Sri Lankan activsts. >>>
The current Penal Code in Sri Lanka, section 365 and 365A are relicts of Colonial rule. Enacted in 1886, the two sections that have been used to criminalise homosexuality in Sri Lanka. Human rights and LGBTIQ rights activists nd advocates are enjoince to sign a petition to decriminalise homosexuality in Sri Lanka. Read the on-line petition below. >>>
EQUAL GROUND is proud to have collaborated with Life Times Magazine to publish Chasing Rainbows and dismissing Stereotypes". As Radhika Philip, the Editor of Life Times says: "Why we would dedicate so much of our June publication to celebrating PRIDE comes down to this: because we can. We think its the right thing to do. If not us. then who? If not now then when?"
Video: Persecution of gay people in Sri Lanka. "Saman" is a graduate student in Sri Lanka who was doing research on 'safer sex' for his thesis. He told me that while he was working in the southern city of Galle, the local police detained and tortured him assuming he was gay. >>>
16/11/2011 | ILGA Communication Team Asia
| SRI LANKA
Over the weekend, a press release issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information noted that all ‘websites carrying any content relating to Sri Lanka or the people of Sri Lanka… uploaded from Sri Lanka or elsewhere’ to ‘register’ for ‘accreditation’. >>>
11/04/2011 | ILGA Communication Team Asia
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Recognizing the much obvious stigma and discrimination transgender persons, both male to female and female to male, face in the society due to a number of facts that linger in several levels, Diversity And Solidarity Trust (DAST) has taken the initiative of developing a Sexual reassignment Surgery(SRS) support System which would provide an easy to access, safe and comfortable all round service to transgender persons. >>>
21/03/2011 | ILGA Communication Team Asia
| SRI LANKA
The author delivered the speech below at the annual International Women’s Day celebration event organised by Equal Ground - WOMEN ON TOP. This event also marked the launch of the 2011 campaign: A woman loving another woman is also a woman. Respect her rights. >>>
14/03/2011 | ILGA Communication Team Asia
| SRI LANKA
Homosexuality is often sidelined by the mainstream social discourse in Sri Lanka. This does not suggest that our society does not tolerate homosexuality; rather it seems resolved to overlook it by rejecting it completely from the popular consciousness. >>>