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02 Sep

The shadow report submitted by IGLHRC to the Human Rights Committee highlighted the following key concerns: Background The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is a treaty that outlines fundamental rights guaranteed to all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, opinion, nation, property, birth or other status.The ICCPR was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966 and entered into force in 1976.This measure protects persons from stigmatization and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identities.” Ms.Bimba Jayasinghe Thilakeratne, Additional Solicitor General with the Attorney General’s Department of Sri Lanka additionally reiterated, “Article 12.1 ensures equality for sexual orientation and gender identity” and that under Article 12.2 “laws discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are unconstitutional.” However, she specified, “Sections 365 and 365A [of Sri Lanka’s Penal Code] do not target any particular group but are there to protect public morality.” These provisions—commonly known as anti-sodomy laws—criminalize “unnatural” sex and “acts of gross indecency,” including homosexuality and lesbianism.

The ICCPR requires all state parties to submit Periodic Reports about the implementation of the treaty’s principles to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Section 365 punishes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” with imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine.

Section 365A punishes “any act of gross indecency” with a jail term of up to two years and a fine.

This research concluded that LBT Sri Lankans suffered high levels of sexual violence, emotional violence and physical violence at home and in public spaces with no legal recourse because of existing laws, which exposed victims of violence to the risk of being charged by police for homosexuality, lesbianism or gender non-conformity.

Grace Poore, IGLHRC’s Regional Program Coordinator for Asia noted, “Perpetrators of violence used the presence of discriminatory laws and the social stigma against LBT people to threaten to reveal their sexual orientation, which often compels victims to hide the violence and not seek assistance.” “LBT persons facing family or partner violence need to be able to seek redress under Sri Lanka’s Domestic Violence Law without being dismissed, bullied and ridiculed by the police and demeaned in court,” Poore added.