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Police Precinct, Beirut’s Burj Hammoud district
Doctors ban anal exam used to charge men with homosexuality

in LEBANON, 12/08/2012

The Order of Physicians issued a circular Tuesday telling doctors they will face disciplinary measures if they carry out anal examinations ordered by the judiciary intended to provide evidence of homosexuality.

“The practice is humiliating and is torture in violation of the [United Nations] Convention Against Torture. Therefore, we ask you to avoid carrying out any similar action under penalty of disciplinary prosecution.”

The practice, which is carried out on those suspected of homosexuality under Article 534 before charges are handed out, gained media attention after the arrest of 35 individuals on July 28 in a police raid on a porn cinema in Beirut’s Burj Hammoud district. All 35 were subject to the test before three were charged under Article 534.

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