Human Rights Watch recently reported that eight countries in Africa and the Middle East used forced anal exams to convict men and transwomen suspected of homosexuality. These countries include Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, and Zambia, and the exams are basically a form of state-sponsored sexual assault and torture against suspected gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

These forced anal exams are not like routine prostate examinations where patients willingly drop trou to let a kindly doctor stick in a gentle finger. One 21-year-old man in Tunisia was pushed down onto his knees and bent over (his arms restrained) while another man undid his pants so a doctor could insert a finger and a tube into his anus. Examining doctors do not have to introduce themselves and can allow anyone they want to into the room to assist or observe. In some cases, the doctors take photographs while the victim’s buttocks are forcibly spread open. READ FULL

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