Tunisia bans forced anal exams for homosexuality

On Sept 22, 2017 News 24 reported: Tunis  – Tunisia, where sodomy is punishable by jail, has banned forced anal examinations to determine sexual orientation, the North African state’s minister for human rights said on Friday.

The authorities carry out the tests on suspected homosexuals but “these exams can no longer be imposed by force, physical or moral, or without the consent of the person concerned”, Mehdi Ben Gharbia told AFP.

Foreign and local rights groups have condemned the practice of forced anal exams as “cruel” and “inhuman”.

Ben Gharbia said judges can still request that a suspect undergo the test “but that person has every right to refuse, without his refusal being held up as proof of homosexuality”.

Read more at: Tunisia bans forced anal exams for homosexuality | News24

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