Violence Against Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Transgender Persons in Sri Lanka: A Shadow Report


This submission is made by OutRight Action International in relation to concerns about the application and implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights for lesbians, bisexual women and transgender (LBT) persons in Sri Lanka.

The information we are providing supplements the information that the Human Rights Committee was presented for its 110th session in March 2014, and is pertinent to the List Of Issues adopted by the Human Rights Committee at this session. The information in this shadow report is based on interviews carried out by the Women’s Support Group (WSG), a Colombo-based non-governmental organization, as well as other Sri Lanka based partners of OutRight Action International. A total of 33 qualitative interviews were conducted with lesbians, bisexual women and transgender (LBT) persons in Sri Lanka; and an additional 51 qualitative interviews were conducted with relevant stakeholders in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka research identified commonly experienced types of violence in the public sphere (by state and non-state actors) and violence in the private sphere (by family members and intimate partners), as well as discrimination from employers, health and medical professionals, and financial institutions.

OutRight Action International published the Sri Lanka findings in a five-country report, “Violence: Through The Lens of Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Trans People in Asia,” which was released on May 10, 2014. The report is available at: Unless otherwise indicated, the following is based on the above referenced Sri Lanka research.

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