Tunisia to Ban Forced Anal Examinition for Suspected Gays.
Tunisia has planned to stop forced anal examinations to determine the sexual orientation of her citizens.
This was made known on Friday by the North African country’s minister for human rights.
Although a particular date for the ban has not been fixed, Mehdi Ben Gharbia said the exams usually caried out on suspected homosexuals by the Tunisian authorities can no longer be imposed by force, physical or moral, or without the consent of the person concerned.
He said judges can still demand the test be taken but people have right to refuse.
The Charity Amnesty International, after a human rights review at the UN yesterday had said it considers the anal examinations to amount to torture, therefore, the commitment to cease the practice was welcome.
In Tunisia, homosexuality is still punishable by three years in jail under Article 230 of Tunisia’s criminal code, which the country’s President, President Beji Caid Essebsi has said would not be anulled.