Sri Lanka gays forced underground as world leaders gather for summit

Published: November 14, 2013

 Sri Lankan gay activists have been threatened and ordered to keep silent as Commonwealth leaders gather in the country.

The LGBTI campaigners say they have been forced underground, reflecting a wider crackdown on civil society ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from tomorrow (15 November).
Commonwealth leaders have refused to discuss gay, trans and intersex issues at the summit – despite the fact 80% of member countries still criminalize homosexuality.
GSN has learned Sri Lankan activists have been warned to stop their activities ahead of CHOGM.
Some individuals have been threatened and told they may be in danger if they do not comply.
As a result, they have been forced to shelve the idea of holding an event alongside the summit, highlighting LGBTI rights concerns in Commonwealth nations.
The Sri Lankan LGBTI activists don’t want to reveal any more details of the threats against them, for fear of angering the government and putting themselves at more risk.
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