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Private MP’s Bill proposing decriminalisation of same-sex conduct gazetted

By: Isuru Parakrama

Colombo (LNW): The Private Member’s Bill proposing the decriminalisation of same-sex conduct has been gazetted.

The bill presented by Ruling Party MP Premnath C. Dolawatte proposes amendments to the Penal Code thereby eliminating criminalisation on the basis of sexual orientation.

The bill, if enacted, will decriminalise same-sex conduct in Sri Lanka.

For decades, sections 365 / 365A of the Penal Code have been interpreted as provisions sanctioning the persecution of LGBTIQ people.

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