The National Council of the Medical Order in Tunisia issued a statement on April 3, 2017, calling for doctors to cease conducting forced anal and genital examinations. The move is an important step toward ending degrading, discriminatory, and unscientific “testing” for evidence of homosexual conduct. The statement from Tunisia’s medical council said that doctors must henceforth inform peoples that they have the right to refuse the exam.

While prohibiting doctors from carrying out anal exams without consent is a step in the right direction, because of their unscientific nature, the use of anal exams to test for consensual homosexual conduct should cease altogether, regardless of consent.

See: Human Rights Watch, Tunisia: Doctors Oppose ‘Anal Test’ for Homosexuality, 12 April 2017

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