Sri Lanka: Spectrum: Four stories of discrimination faced by LGBTI people in Sri Lanka
Manju was abused by the police because of his sexual orientation and Samanali because of her gender identity. Kiruthika faced abuse and harassment because her rights are not protected by the law. Thenu was harassed and bullied at work because of his gender identity. In Sri Lanka laws that were put in place by the British in 1883, when they colonized the island, are still used to unfairly target and discriminate against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people. Even though there are constitutional provisions that clearly state this is illegal, LGBTI people face discrimination, harassment, and even violence because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This comic features real stories drawn from interviews conducted by Amnesty International of LGBTI people in Sri Lanka.