Ban Forced Anal Exams Around World
(Geneva) – Forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct have been reported in at least eight countries in the last five years, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may in some cases amount to torture.The 82-page report, "Dignity Debased: Forced Anal Examinations in Homosexuality Prosecutions," is based on interviews with 32 men and transgender women who underwent forced anal examinations in Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya,
Indonesia: Release Gay Men at Risk of Torture
(New York – April 10, 2017) – Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release two men detained in Aceh province under a local ordinance that criminalizes homosexuality, Human Rights Watch said today.
On the night of March 28, 2017, unidentified vigilantes forcibly entered a home and brought two men found there to the police for allegedly having same-sex relations. The two men, in their twenties, have been detained at a Wilayatul Hisbah, a Sharia (Islamic law) police facility in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital. The chief inspector indicated that the men had confessed to being gay and would be detained for sentencing. Under Aceh's Islamic Criminal Code (Qanun Jinayah), they face up to 100 lashes in publ
Japan: Anti-Bullying Policy to Protect LGBT Students
(Tokyo, March 24, 2017) – Japan's updated national bullying prevention policy will for the first time protect sexual and gender minority students, Human Rights Watch said today. The measure will boost Japan's reputation regionally and internationally on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
Moldova: Reject ‘Gay Propaganda' Law
(Berlin) – The Moldovan parliament should reject a bill to introduce discriminatory anti-gay "propaganda" clauses in national law, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to lawmakers. The bill is similar to those proposed in other countries in recent years that have been roundly criticized by regional and international human rights bodies.
Kenya: Court Upholds Forced Anal Exams
(Nairobi) – A Kenyan Court has ruled that forced anal examinations and forced HIV and Hepatitis B tests of men suspected of homosexual conduct are constitutional, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) and Human Rights Watch said today. The deeply disappointing ruling would allow the government to continue these abusive practices and to use the test results as "evidence" in criminal prosecutions for consensual same-sex conduct.
Malaysia: Health Ministry Propagates Harmful Anti-LGBT Myths
(Bangkok, June 8, 2017) – The Malaysian Ministry of Health, in its call for submissions to a National Creative Video Competition on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, has endorsed an erroneous and harmful theory that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) identities can be "prevented" or "controlled," Human Rights Watch said today.