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The Sri Lankan Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted for the first time this month that its constitution protects people from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Representatives of the government made the admission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee after being questioned on the issue.
‘Please indicate the measures taken to protect persons from stigmatization and discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity, and indicate whether they are protected by the constitutional provisions on non-discrimination,’ Sri Lanka was asked by the OHCHR Experts Committee.
Representatives of the Sri Lankan Government responded that, ‘Article 12 of the Constitution [of Sri Lanka] recognizes non-discrimination based on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinion, place of birth or any one of such grounds as a Fundamental Right.’
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