Middle East / North Africa

2 arrests in Tunisia; protests block anal tests

Logo of Shams

Logo of Shams

Two men, age 20 and 21, were arrested on homosexuality charges yesterday in Sousse, Tunisia.

In Tunisia, Sousse is located about 150 kilometers (100 miles) south of Tunis. (Map courtesy of brittanica.com)

In Tunisia, Sousse is located about 150 kilometers (100 miles) south of Tunis. (Map courtesy of brittanica.com)

The Tunisian LGBTI rights group Shams said that police ordered an anal test to “prove” their homosexuality, but Shams and the Tunisian Human Rights League protested, urging doctors at local hospitals to refuse to perform the test.

As a result, the planned anal test was canceled, Shams said on its Facebook page.

Such tests are widely understood not only to be abusive violations of human rights, but also ineffective as a means of proving or disproving allegations of homosexual activity.

The men remained in custody, awaiting action by the public prosecutor today [Dec. 9], Shams said.

Under Tunisian law, homosexual activity is punishable by up to three years in prison.

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