Forced medical examinations for homosexual men have been banned by Tunisia’s medical council.
Same sex relationships are banned in the north African country, where doctors perform anal “tests” on people suspected of being gay.
The National Council of the Medical Order has now decreed that doctors must tell people they have a right to refuse the examinations.
“Tunisian doctors have taken a courageous step in opposing the use of these torturous exams,” said Neela Ghoshal, senior LGBT rights researcher at HRW. “To ensure that forced anal testing in Tunisia ends once and for all, police should stop ordering the exams, and courts should refuse to admit the results into evidence.”
Your Activist hopes that this the start of a more reasonable future for gay people in Tunisia.