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Kenyan Anal Probes Under Scrutiny

04 May 2016

Over in homophobic Kenya the country's use of forced anal examinations for men accused of being homosexual, is to be challenged in court.

The case will examine whether the practice is in violation of international law and will look specifically at the claims of two men, who say they were forced by doctors and police officers to have anal examinations, HIV tests and other blood tests.

Human Rights Watch senior researcher on LGBTI rights, Neela Ghoshal says “Anal examinations prove nothing, and they accomplish nothing, other than humiliating and demeaning people who are considered moral ‘outcasts.”

“It’s frankly shocking to see such archaic methods used in Kenya in the 21st century.”

In the past the United Nations has condemned the practice of anal examinations - to determine someones sexuality - and says it amounts to torture.

It must also be noted that The International Convention against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the African Convention on Human and People’s Rights, are all treaties that Kenya has signed.

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