Lebanon: Doctors hired by the police in Lebanon to determine if a man is gay are resorting to a humiliating test involving forcefully inserting an egg-shaped metal object into the rectum, media are reporting.
The Daily Star Lebanon reports on five new cases in which a forensic doctor identified only by the initials A.M. was hired by members of the police’s “Moral Protection Bureau” to determine the sexuality of five Lebanese and Syrian men accused of being gay.
The test involves forcefully inserting an egg-shaped metal object into the rectum, which a 2012 Human Rights Watch report said “constitutes degrading and humiliating treatment” in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Doctors from the Lebanese Order of Physicians have described the method of determining whether or not a man is gay as useless and akin to torture and banning doctors from conducting the exam.
The practice continues despite Lebanon’s official doctors guild in 2012 denouncing such anal examinations conducted by medical doctors associated with the Lebanese security forces to “confirm” the sexual orientation of detained individuals.
Same-sex relations is a criminal offence in Lebanon which Article 534 of the country’s legal code prohibiting it under relations that “contradict the laws of nature.”
Nizar Saghieh, a lawyer and editor of the Lebanese rights organization and publication Legal Agenda, told the Daily Star that the men had not committed any other crime.
“We are asking the Order of Physicians to sue him [the doctor] for professional misconduct,” Saghieh told the newspaper.
This type of test received much publicity after it involved 35 men detained in a raid on an adult cinema in 2012.
Source: edgeboston.com; independent.co.uk