Tunisian gay men jailed for having sex and forced to undergo anal examinations

On March 31, 2016 Gay Times reported: Human Rights Watch report that seven men have been prosecuted in the country for consensual sex and some have been forced to undergo illegal anal examinations.

Gay relationships are a crime in Tunisia, with article 230 of the penal code punishing “sodomy” with up to three years in prison. HRC interviewed five men who claimed they had been beaten, received forced anal examinations and humiliating treatment at the hands of the Tunisian authorities.

“The Tunisian government has no business intruding on people’s private sexual behavior and brutalizing and humiliating them under the pretext of enforcing a discriminatory law,” said Amna Guellali, Tunisia director at Human Rights Watch. “Tunisia should remove such archaic laws from its books, and the police who mistreated these men should be held accountable.”

HRC claim that six students were arrested in December last year in the city of Kairouan on sodomy charges. The students were allegedly forced to undergo painful and illegal anal examinations, in order to find “proof” of homosexual conduct, and were later sentenced to three years in prison.

Forced anal examinations constitute a form of torture or cruel, degrading, and inhuman treatment, prohibited under the Convention against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

“From the moment of their arrest to the time they were released, these young men described multiple abuses at the hands of the police, including humiliating and demeaning remarks on their alleged homosexuality and beatings at police stations and in prison,” HRC allege.

Read more at https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/news/32496/tunisian-gay-men-jailed-sex-forced-undergo/

 

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