Stop forced examinations into privates of LGBT persons: Justice Minister

Justice Minister Mohamed Ali Sabry PC said today that he made a request to the relevant authorities to refrain from conducting forced examinations on the privates of LGBT persons.


In a Facebook post, he said there were media reports alleging that Judicial Medical Officers (JMOs) and the Police have been conducting forced examinations on the privates of LGBT persons without their consent.


“If this is occurring, it is indeed a disturbing revelation and must be looked into immediately. All Sri Lankans have the right to live with dignity and without fear of persecution,” he said.


He further said, “I strongly believe that no person should be discriminated against or made to suffer any form of abuse, indignity or injustice on the basis of their gender, sexual preference or identity.


“I have already spoken to the relevant authorities on this issue, and in light of the seriousness of these allegations, I have requested them to refrain from this practice till these events can be properly inquired into.


“I would like to reiterate once again that we are committed to create an environment which is free, fair and inclusive to all Sri Lankans,” Minister Sabry said.