08 Aug 2016
Criminal justice sector professionals call for end to anal examinations

The IRCT welcomes the statement signed by criminal justice professionals on 5 August, calling for a complete ban on the use of forcibly conducted anal examinations in cases of alleged homosexuality.

igned by police officers, correctional officers, prosecutors and lawyers at the ‘Proud To Be Your Friend, LGBT Conference 2016’ in Amsterdam, the statement expresses deep concern that anal examinations continue to be used to gather evidence of alleged homosexual behaviour. In addition, it urges all states to ban the use anal examinations and to enact legislation to protect human rights and LGBTI persons.

“We are very pleased to see that these professionals have taken the initiative to implore their colleagues to end this abhorrent practice worldwide. It has been a mixed year for the rights of LGBTI persons, with notable disappointments, but this is certainly a welcome step in the right direction,” said Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Secretary-General of the IRCT.

Anal examinations are a rectal inspection in which medical personnel examine the anus of a person suspected of homosexuality by using a gloved and lubricated finger and, sometimes, inserting tubes of different sizes into the anus. The examinations claim to be able to prove a person is homosexual by correlating the appearance of the anus with signs of anal intercourse.

In their statement, the criminal justice professionals refer to the Expert Statement on Anal Examinations by the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG) – an international body of 35 preeminent forensic experts in the investigation and documentation of torture – which categorically asserts that anal examinations are scientifically and medically worthless and have absolutely no value in determining whether consensual anal intercourse has taken place.

The expert statement notes that these examinations can have detrimental physical and psychological effects on the individual, including significant physical pain and psychological suffering. According to IFEG member Dr Vince Iacopino, “anal examinations are unethical, and constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and possibly torture.”

The practice continues to be used in many countries that criminalise or ban consensual homosexual relations and are often conducted in settings of widespread discrimination against LGBTI persons.

To read the full statement, please click here

To read more on the World LGBT Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals, please click here

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