Dignity Debased: Forced Anal Examinations in Homosexuality Prosecutions
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On July 12, 2016, our partners, Human Rights Watch launched a report on forced anal examinations in homosexuality prosecutions which was documented in eight countries.
In Uganda, research revealed that in the last three years, police in Kampala have frequently subjected men and transgender women accused of consensual homosexual conduct to anal exams. All of those cases have been dismissed before reaching trial. Occasional cases have been reported outside Kampala, which have also been dismissed before trial.
In a related investigation, we documented chilling incidents of forced anal examinations in homosexuality prosecutions in a report released on February 27, 2015.
Our report and the latest Human Rights Watch report strongly recommend that the government of Uganda bans the use of anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct. Action should be taken at several levels to ensure that the practice is eliminated.