News 18 Oct 2017
IRCT and its Independent Forensic Experts Group Instrumental in World Medical Association Resolution Prohibiting Forced Anal Examinations

The IRCT is delighted to learn that the World Medical Association (WMA) has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning forced anal examinations to substantiate same-sex sexual activity as unscientific, futile, and a form of torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. 

IRCT and its Independent Forensic Experts Group Instrumental in World Medical Association Resolution Prohibiting Forced Anal Examinations

Image Courtesy of Human Rights Watch

The resolution was passed at the WMA’s 68th General Assembly in Chicago.  Mary-Lynn Everson from Marjorie Kovler Centre, IRCT’s member in Chicago, represented IRCT at the event.

 The IRCT is particularly proud that the resolution draws on the expert statement of its Independent Forensic Expert Group, and acknowledges the Group’s valuable work.

 The IRCT welcomes this important resolution, which recognizes the pain and suffering caused by these examinations and joins with the WMA to urge all national medical associations as well as other relevant bodies to prohibit their members’ participation in these futile practices. It is a strong example of how health-based knowledge about torture can contribute to eradicating abusive practices and supporting justice and rehabilitation for victims.

 The IFEG is an international hub of expertise, comprising thirty-five preeminent experts from eighteen countries who are specialists in forensic investigation and documentation of torture and ill-treatment.  The IRCT serves as its Secretariat. 

For more information

For the full text of the resolution

https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-resolution-on-prohibition-of-forced-anal-examinations-to-substantiate-same-sex-sexual-activity/

 For more information on the IFEG,

http://irct.org/advocacy/istanbul-protocol

For the IFEG’s expert statement, which is cited in the WMA resolution, and for more information on our work against anal examinations,:

https://irct.org/media-and-resources/latest-news/article/926

See also the news story of one of IRCT’s advocacy partners on this issue, Human Rights Watch:

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/10/17/global-medical-body-condemns-forced-anal-exams

.. the Independent Forensic Experts Group, composed of forensic medicine specialists from around the world, has determined that “the examination has no value in detecting abnormalities in anal sphincter tone that can be reliably attributed to consensual anal intercourse”.  

Article 5 - WMA Resolution on prohibition of forced anal examinations to substantiate same-sex sexual activity.

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