Sri Lanka

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Specific laws

Specific law enacted No

Specific law criminalising HIV non disclosure, exposure, or transmission: No

Prosecuted using non-HIV specific laws: No

Prosecuted using both specific and non specific laws: No

Is non-disclosure actionable: No

Is exposure actionable: Yes

Is transmission actionable: Yes

Prosecutions

Number of prosecutions 0

Convictions

Number of convictions 0

Laws

Applicable laws

Penal Code, Ordinance No. 2, 1883

Applicable key wording

Negligent act, Malignant act

Discussion

Penal Code 1883 (s 269) Negligent Act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life-

Section 269 stipulates that a person who unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the ifection of any disease dangeorus to life, shall be punished with imprisonment of a term up to six months and /or fine.

Penal Code 1883 (s 270) Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life-

Whoever malignantly does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life, shall be liable to a imprisonment of a term up to two years and/or fine.

To our knowledge, there have been no prosecutions or convictions for the transmission of HIV occuring under this law so the application of the law to alleged HIV transmission is , at present, merely theoretical.

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Last reviewed 01 June 2017