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Sri Lanka: Challenging ‘Gender Norms’ Brings Abuse

Abolish Anti-LGBTI Laws, Establish Gender Recognition Policy

Monday 15 August 2016

(New York, August 15, 2016) – Transgender people and others who don’t conform to social expectations about gender face discrimination and abuse in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 63-page report, “All Five Fingers Are Not the Same: Discrimination on Grounds of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in Sri Lanka,” finds that people who don’t conform to gender norms face arbitrary detention, mistreatment, and discrimination accessing employment, housing, and health care. The government should protect the rights of transgender people and others who face similar discrimination, Human Rights Watch said.

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