Tunisia pledges to stop forced anal examinations of gay and bi men


Alex Bollinger writes at LGBTQ Nation:

Tunisia said that it would take steps to end forced anal examinations of men suspected of being gay or bi.

In Tunisia, homosexuality is a crime punishable with up to three years in jail. And even though the country has been transtioning to democracy since the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in 2011, gay people are still being arrested and put in jail.

Suspects in these cases can be forced by a judge to undergo an anal examination, a procedure that Amnesty International considers torture. Refusal to undergo the examination is considered proof that someone is gay.

Human Rights Minister Mehdi Ben Gharbia announced this week that the practice of forcible anal examinations will be banned.

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