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Kenya outlaws “torturous” examinations for gay men

Kenya has now ruled that forced anal examinations carried out by the state on suspected gay men is unlawful. An appeals court in Mombasa heard the case of two men who, in 2015, were forcibly subjected to anal examinations and HIV testing to determine their sexual orientation.

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) argued their case, saying that anal examinations were tantamount to torture. A five-judge bench ruled in their favour yesterday.

‘We are thankful that the Appeal Court has put Kenyan citizens’ rights first,” Njeri Gateru, head of Legal Affairs at NGLHRC said in a statement. “With this ruling, the judges are saying that we all deserve to be treated with dignity and afforded our basic rights, as enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution.

“The humiliation and pain caused by these useless anal examinations will follow our clients for the rest of their lives. However, we are emboldened to see our constitution at work, ensuring that all Kenyans have the right to dignity.”

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