DAR-ES-SALAAM, September 27 – Rights groups have decried the use of forced anal testing on men to prove their sexual orientation.
These have been used for the first time in such countries as Tanzania where men accused of homosexual conduct have been jailed.
“It’s shocking that in 2017 people are still subjected to forced anal testing to try to prove their sexual orientation,” said Neela Ghoshal, Human Rights Watch gender expert.
She expressed concern some countries still used these tests lock up men accused of homosexual behaviour.
“These countries are on the wrong side of history,” Goshal said.
The expert said victims often accepted the test for fear of being tortured, because of their young age, or because they are unaware of their rights.
Tanzania has in recent weeks embarked on a crackdown against homosexuality.
Dozens of men suspected of being gay have been detained and taken to hospital for the anal exams. Homosexual acts attract a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Goshal meanwhile welcomed steps Kenya and Tunisia have taken towards ending the tests.
“Kenya and Tunisia offer a ray of hope to victims of forced anal examinations across the continent and beyond,” Goshal said.
Tunisia formally accepted a recommendation at the United Nations Human Rights Council while the Kenya Medical Association has taken a public stance against the tests.
– CAJ News