Amending laws to protect LGBTQ+ community

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A Bill to amend the Penal Code with the aim of protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community in Sri Lanka was handed over to President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (24) by Member of Parliament and lawyer Premnath C. Dolawatte.

MP Dolawatte also handed over the Bill to the offices of the Speaker and Secretary General of Parliament to be presented as a Private Member’s Bill.

The society of this country has an extremely backward notion regarding the LGBTQ+ community and as a result, not only in daily life, but even in government and law enforcement agencies, this community has been subjected to various forms of violence, oppression, and harassment.

At times, even their democratic rights have been violated.

Punishment of individuals based on sexual orientation and sexual identification was spread throughout the world by colonial legal systems in the Victorian era. But in modern psychiatry, this is not considered a crime or a perversion. Also, developed countries have worked to amend the laws that penalise this community and limit their rights. Considering these facts, Parliamentarian Dolawatte submitted this Private Member’s Bill.