Lebanon medical chiefs ban gay anal probe tests
The Lebanese Medical Association act after 36 men get anal probes and ban discredited ‘torture’ tests but public prosectuor wants to keep themImage by Helem.
Lebanese medical chiefs have ordered doctors to stop carrying out ‘anal probe’ tests to find out if men are gay but the country’s public prosecutor has said the tests should continue.
It follows a case revealed by Gay Star News where 36 men were subjected to the tests - and were even forced to pay for them - after being arrested in a police raid on a porn cinema where men meet for gay sex.
The tests involve examining someone’s anus to see if it has been penetrated but they are discredited as inaccurate and a form of torture.
Yesterday (7 August) the Lebanese Medical Association issued a circular memo demanding that doctors cease to conduct the anal probes. They have warned any doctor who attempts to conduct them will face disciplinary action.
Speaking with the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, Dr Abu Sharaf, the head of the Lebanese Medical Association stated the procedure is ineffective, constituting a gross violation of human rights, is humiliating, forced upon people without their consent, and in breach of the international convention against torture.
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