In South Asia including Sri Lanka, several LGBT human rights issues are at a “tipping point” at which legal and/or social change could soon be possible.
Gender recognition and decriminalization are two such legal tipping point issues for several countries.
However even in places where legal progress on these fronts has been made (for example in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka), social discrimination and violence often persist and serve to exclude LGBT individuals and their families from access to employment, health care, education and other services.
Because of this, additional action is needed across South Asia to ensure full legal and social inclusion and recognition for gender and sexual minorities, with special attention to transgender and intersex communities.
With a view of creating awareness among Sri Lankans, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) has organized a public forum on LGBTI equality in South Asia: extending discrimination from India to Sri Lanka and beyond.
At this forum to be held on Wednesday 20 at ICES Auditorium in Colombo Robert Wintemute (Professor of Human Rights Law, King’s College London) will deliver a lecture highlighting this issue at 4.30 pm.
In August 2016, he was one of five candidates interviewed for the position of United Nations’ Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.