ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Tanzania: Men Arrested for ‘Gay Marriage’ Face Anal Examinations

11/08/2018 | The Guardian

Ten men arrested for allegedly conducting a same-sex marriage ceremony on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar are to face a forced anal examination on Friday, activists have told the Guardian. The procedure is supposed to discover evidence of homosexual activity, though many say the primary aim is to humiliate and hurt. The UN Committee against Torture has said such examinations “have no medical justification” and campaigners say they violate international law. The arrests were made on Saturday night at a party at Pongwe Beach resort and follow calls by Paul Makonda, regional commissioner for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s biggest city, for citizens to begin reporting homosexuals for round-ups in a country where anti-gay rhetoric has soared in recent years.


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