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Homosexuality Examinations Conducted on Prisoners

The continuous performance of doing tests to determine homosexuality as demanded by the Lebanese judiciary violates the International standards on prisoners, Human Rights watch deputy director for the Middle East said during a debate on the subject Wednesday.

The tests carried out by doctors involve invasive examination on the genital area without the consent of those being tested.

These tests usually take place in police stations although an ISF source said the issue was one to do solely with the judiciary.

Doctor Hussein Shahrour said that the tests continue although they cannot be considered scientifically exact in determining homosexuality.

A judicial source told The Daily Star that the public prosecutor had the right to order such tests if people are performing homosexual activity in a public place, speakers at the event gave anecdotal evidence to suggest they were being ordered to do so without any such reasons.

“The doctors are only being used to grant the police information” Nizar Saghieh, human rights lawyer said.

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