Sri Lankan Government Plans to Decriminalize Homosexuality

On Nov 27, 2017 South Florida Gay News reported:

The country of Sri Lanka is making a progressive and monumental shift as they work to revise their laws to protect LGBT people.

The United Nations performed their Universal Periodic Review, which involves a review of the country’s human rights records, and criticized the country’s government for criminalizing homosexuality. Currently if you are a person who identifies as LGBT in the country you could face up to 10 years in prison.

In response, the Sri Lankan government announced homosexuality will now be decriminalized.

“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,” said Nerin Pulle, Sri Lanka’s Deputy Solicitor General. “Despite social, political and cultural challenges that remain with respect to reforming law, Sri Lanka remains committed to law reform and guaranteeing non-discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.”


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