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Thoughts for Pride 2017


In June 2016, the United Nations appointed a Special Expert on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) issues. This was a crucial step in the supranational sector, where the emphasis on SOGIESC has long lapsed. The appointment was subjected to two votes, firstly at the UN HRC in Geneva and secondly at the UN Headquarters in New York. It was vehemently opposed by a number of governments (especially African and Middle Eastern states). Yet, the majority of member states voted in favour of appointing a SOGIESC Special Expert.

Indeed, every Sri Lankan citizen can be proud of the decision of the government of Sri Lanka to vote in favour of the Special Expert. In this season of Pride celebrations, it is necessary to reiterate the fact that the Government of Sri Lanka voted in favour of the SOGIESC Special Expert. If anything, Sri Lanka’s SOGIESC vote at the UN is an indication that SOGIESC-related…[Read more here].

Published, Sunday 2 July 2017, The Sunday Leader [print & online]


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the brutal murder of Pat Finucane, a brave #lawyer who stood for people unduly subjected to harassment by the #British state. The #Finucane murder was one of the most violent incidents during the conflict in #Ulster. Pat was murdered in his own house, right in front of Mrs Finucane and their young children. The Finucane family has since been fighting tirelessly for justice and the truth, and I have great respect and admiration for Mrs Finucane, for her courage and tremendous resolve over all these challenging years. Lots of truths were spoken at today’s event, where John Finucane and @sinn_fein ‘s #GerryAdams spoke. The route to truth and justice is a long one, especially when dealing with a very highly influential government, one of the most powerful in the world. The sense of commitment was very palpable in the packed audience today. I am also writing this post in solidarity with the many people who have been murdered, incarcerated without trial and subjected to many forms of violence, for standing up for their communities and principles, including in my own island home #lka. This is an endemic problem in many countries across the world. Let the #RuleOfLaw, #accountability, #transparence and #justice prevail, at all times. #solidarity #PatFinucane #justice #truth #feileanphobail #hero #decolonialjustice #standforJustice #lka #belfast #Ireland
Photo: snapshot from Queen Elizabeth’s royal visit to Sri Lanka in October 1981. Sharing this photo together with an article I wrote to mark the 71the year of Sri Lanka gaining #dominionstatus, published in today’s edition of the #ColomboTelegraph. The article focuses on the necessity of #decolonial & #intersectional #feminist political discourses in the Sri Lankan context, especially when it comes to protecting our heritage, challenging colonially-shaped mindsets and in entrenching a well and truly Sri Lankan brand of critical queer politics.This piece also includes references to the very important work by scholar-activists such as @jade.chovino , #JoãoGabriel, & @senel_w. Any form critical #decolonial work is not easy and in the global South, there is a need to create our own knowledges, approaches and épistémologies when we think of decolonial and intersectional feminist imperatives. Link to the article: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/thoughts-on-decolonising-lanka-from-servility-to-dignity/ *****I am sharing this photo here because it is a prime example of how white colonial privilege works. The Queen here is walking, flanked by the then President of Sri Lanka J R Jayawardene, on the ‘uda maluwa’, or the upper level of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in #Anuradhapura. Patriarchal dictates in the brand of #Buddhism practiced in Sri Lanka are such that women, including #Bhikkunis are not allowed in this area - a restriction that visibly does not seem to apply to the British monarch. This, if anything, is highly suggestive of the disturbing realities of gender politics, injustices and inequalities in the #neocolony. #lka #independenceday #politics #SouthAsia #British #Monarchy #queenelizabeth #jrjayawardene #decolonise #dismantlethepatriarchy photo credits: #Alamy
[Repost, from @alowijesinghe]. A new generation of queer writers and activists is already active and slaying in Sri Lanka🇱🇰🏳️‍🌈. When the President of Sri Lanka comes on stage at a public rally to engage in a blatantly and shamelessly homophobic rant, Sri Lankan queer people won’t remain silent. This is an excellent example of such resistance, by my dear friend @alowijesinghe It was an absolute honour to help out with edits etc. and I’d highly recommend this piece to anyone interested in SOGIESC advocacy and resistance to cis-heteronormative #politics in the global South, outside the ngo-industrial complex, by deeply committed queer people, especially youth. #alokawijesinghe #lka #coupLK #aiyosirisena #srilanka #srilanka🇱🇰 #queerliberation #lesbian #queerwomen #srilankanqueer #writing #colombotelegraph
Word. #NayyirahWaheed #blackgirlmagic #blackfeminism #poetry
It is not only in #Brazil that hell is breaking lose. #Fascism and a drift to a #dynastic #dictatorship is also happening in #SriLanka right now. In such trying times, it is very important to take a clear, bold and no-nonsense stand against fascists, as highlighted in this latest political commentary signée Yours Truly, calling for robust resistance against Sri Lanka’s drift to a #bolsonaro moment. #lka #democracy #constitutionalism #couplk #lkpoliticalcrisis #rights #ruleoflaw #genderjustice
Commentary on the current political crisis in #SriLanka🇱🇰. Neoliberal politics in the global south are bound to end up in disaster if political agendas are not custom-made to correspond to the specifics of local contexts. Things risk getting worse. The political analysis put aside, I am concerned for my #SriLankan #intersectional #feminist #queer fam 🇱🇰🏳️‍🌈& for all #ethnicminorities. Tough times ahead. #lka #politicalcrisis #politics #womeninpolitics #genderjustice #powergrab #colombotelegraph #queerliberation #miexistiresresistir✊🏾

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