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posted Friday, August 10 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 32
Lebanon: Stop 'Tests of Shame'
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Lebanon: Stop 'Tests of Shame'

Authorities Order Anal Examinations on Men Charged With Homosexuality August 10, 2012

Forensic anal examinations of men suspected of homosexual contact, conducted in detention, constitute degrading and humiliating treatment. These 'tests of shame,' as local activists call them, should stop immediately  the state has no business punishing and degrading its citizens for consensual sexual conduct. Rasha Moumneh, Middle East and North Africa researcher

(Beirut)  Lebanons Justice Ministry should immediately issue a directive ordering an end to anal examinations as part of police investigative procedures to determine suspects sexual behavior, Human Rights Watch said today. The ministry should follow the lead of the Lebanese Doctors Syndicate, which recently denounced the tests as a form of torture.

The Lebanese authorities should drop all homosexuality-related charges against three men arrested during a raid on a cinema in Beirut on July 28, 2012, Human Rights Watch said. The government should take steps to repeal article 534 of the Lebanese penal code, which criminalizes sexual relations against nature and is used to prosecute men for homosexuality.

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