News March 23, 2018 at 07:56 am

Kenyan court says NO to anal test for homosexual suspects

Ismail Akwei March 23, 2018 at 07:56 am

March 23, 2018 at 07:56 am | News

A Kenyan court has ruled against the forced anal examination of men suspected of being gay following a case filed by rights groups who describe the test as torture.

Thursday’s ruling ends the examination that was backed by law in a 2016 ruling which says it did not violate the privacy of individuals.

Human Rights Watch hailed the Court of Appeal’s ruling in a statement which described the “cruel, inhuman and humiliating” process.

It says a medical personnel inserts “their fingers, and sometimes other objects, into the anus of the accused. In other cases, men are ordered to strip naked and bend over or lie down with their feet in stirrups while doctors ‘visually’ examine their anal regions”.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, and Zambia subject men suspected of being gay to forced anal testing.

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