Ban Forced Anal Exams Around World | Human Rights Watch
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Geneva — Forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct have been reported in at least eight countries in the last five years, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may in some cases amount to torture. The exams are rooted in discredited 19 th century theories that homosexuals can be identified by the tone of the anal sphincter or the shape of the anus. International forensic medicine experts have found that the exams are useless, in addition to being cruel and degrading. The conclusion was shared even by several medical professionals Human Rights Watch interviewed who themselves had conducted anal exams.
WMA Resolution on Prohibition of Forced Anal Examinations to Substantiate Same-Sex Sexual Activity
Since , in at least eight countries, medical personnel have participated in forced anal examinations of men and transgender women who are charged with consensual same-sex conduct. The WMA is deeply disturbed by the complicity of medical personnel in these non-voluntary and unscientific examinations, including the preparation of medical reports that are used in trials to convict men and transgender women of consensual same-sex conduct. Even when consent is given freely, medical personnel should refrain from undertaking procedures that are medically worthless, discriminatory and potentially incriminating. Recognizing that persons who have undergone forced anal exams have described them as painful, humiliating, and amounting to sexual assault, the WMA:. Calls on its members, and other medical professionals, to abstain from participation in forced anal examinations;.
Tunisia should uphold its commitments as a state party to the Convention Against Torture and ban the use of forced anal examinations. Human Rights Watch documented two cases in late , in which Tunisian police subjected seven young men to forced anal examinations, solely on the grounds that the police suspected them of being homosexual. Police took the men to hospitals, where forensic doctors penetrated their rectums, with their fingers or with other objects, purportedly to determine the tone of the anal sphincter.