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Sri Lanka: Stop unnecessary “psychiatric evaluations” based on sexual orientation

An opinion piece by Mathuri Thamilmaran, ICJ National Legal Advisor in Sri Lanka. Two recent cases reported in the Sri Lankan media involving “psychiatric evaluations” based on sexual orientation garnered interest among lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) individuals and their allies. The facts of these cases highlight how some members of the […]

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Sri Lanka: Judges affirm the need to address unconscious bias and gender stereotypes in the administration of justice

At a Judicial Dialogue on Access to Justice for Women conducted by the International Commission of Jurists in partnership with the Sri Lanka Judges’ Institute, participants agreed on the need to confront implicit biases and stereotypes that hamper substantive gender equality enhance women’s access to justice. Thirty-five (35) Magistrates and District Court judges from all […]

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Singapore: Long overdue decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations between men overshadowed by discriminatory constitutional amendment purporting to “protect” definition of marriage

While long overdue, the welcome incoming repeal of Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code is overshadowed by the proposed constitutional amendment barring judicial review of laws and policies that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. If passed, this amendment will undermine human rights, the separation of powers and the Rule of […]

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Philippines: Judges affirm the need to incorporate gender perspective in adjudication to address inequality and counter gender stereotypes

The Philippine judiciary should continue to work to ensure that the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination are fully integrated into decision-making processes. This was the core message in the series of Judicial Dialogues on Access to Justice for Women conducted by the International Commission of Jurists in partnership with the Supreme Court of the […]

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