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Doctors Condemn Anal Exam to Assess Sexuality in Lebanon

Doctors Condemn Anal Exam to Assess Sexuality in Lebanon

Last week, Lebanon made headlines after a gay porn theater was raided by police and 36 men were arrested on suspicion of being gay. The men were forced to submit to a pseudo-scientific anal exam to ascertain their sexuality, a rather medeival way to understand bodies, relationships and sexual identity. Two men were actually charged with homosexuality after they were forced to pay for their own anal exams in the wake of the police raid.

The ensuing scandal from the theater raid caused health officials to reconsider their stance on the issue. The Daily Star reports that the Order of Physicians issued a circular on Tuesday which told doctors they would face disciplinary measures if they were caught employing the anal exam. The circular points out the complete inhumanity and inapplicability of the cruel test, which should not be used in the medical profession, stating:

Such techniques do not give the desired result and constitute a gross violation of the rights of persons who are subject to it without their consent.

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.

Lebanon is currently intolerant of gay and lesbian relationships, both on the social and legal platforms. Article 534 expressly condemns such relationships and legally allows for the anal testing of suspects in order to charge them with homosexuality. Although the medical circular offers a slight improvement in the treatment of men who are arrested for homosexuality, it also does not completely ban the practice. The Justice Ministry of Lebanon has yet to ban the practice outright. Officials only stated that prosecutors must now ask for permission before undertaking the exam.

Refusal to submit to the test may put men arrested on these charges in a difficult position. In a classic witch-hunt style attack, prosecutors could charge men with homosexual acts if they refuse to submit to the inhumane treatment.

The recent medical ban of the anal exam has probably only been in discussions this week because of the worldwide response to the raid of the theater and the treatment of three dozen men. It is highly likely that many prosecutors will continue to use the same techniques to persecute gay men as they have for many years past. All of the 36 men who were arrested in late July could still face serious charges because being gay is often aligned with immorality in Lebanon.

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5:39PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

These folks are still living in the dark ages.
I do not know what the comment about Americans not being stupid enough t vote for Romney/Ryan is in response to, but recall that not too long ago huge numbers of us voted for Bubba, twice.
Also, a recent Pew research survey found that many Americans do not know what a Super Pac is, many of those never even heard of such a thing. And they vote!
Do not be complacent, come November, get out and vote, Democratic.

8:28AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Vlasta

"Lebanon had been taken over by the Islamists of Hetzbollah which is now imposing sharia on people".

I see. This is why the anal exams have been outlawed, is it?

"While sharia condemns adult homosexuality and in Saudi Arabia they hang gay men, the pedophilia is allowed, both with boys and girls".

Let's have a link to the Saudi law that allows paedophilia.

"He will lose in landslide in November "

I don't think so. Not even Americans are stupid enough to vote for Romney/Ryan.

8:19AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Lebanon had been taken over by the Islamists of Hetzbollah which is now imposing sharia on people. While sharia condemns adult homosexuality and in Saudi Arabia they hang gay men, the pedophilia is allowed, both with boys and girls. The old rich Saudis and other oil sheiks have small boys are their sexual toys (Jerry Sandusky would have been free to engage his sick fantasies if he lived there).

Islam is a supremacist ideology similar to Nazi ideology, together with its hate of adult homophobia, and delusional Jew hatred that led to Holocaust. In addition, Islam promotes misogyny, pedophilia, polygamy, apartheid (dhimmitude) and murder for Allahu Akbar.

Therefore, Islam had to REFORM or has no place in ANY civilized society that has respect for human rights as specified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Having BO in the White house who extolls Islam and Koran, while dissing Bible, had endangered not only US soldiers, but US and the entire Western civilization. He will lose in landslide in November and we will stop white washing in Islam as a "peaceful" religion and show it for what it really is: A supremacist, Nazi-like ideology that also promotes apartheid (Dhimmitude), misogyny, pedophilia, polygamy and murder for Allahu Akbar.

The terrorists of 9/11 did not scream Hail Mary, Our Father, Shema Israel or OM when plunging planes into WTO, but Allahu Akbar, which had become a war cry of all Islamiasts committing crimes, including American born and ed

8:09AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Sian R

You'll get a hate-site definition.

7:46AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

"There are 4 Islamic promoted forms of lying to non-Muslims to promote Islam & gain the upper hand on them"

Rob &/or Jay - would you please let me know what these are: islamic names plus descriptions and where I can find them in the Koran.
You need not worry about Takkya (the permissable denial of faith in order to save one's life or that of another), which I know already.

6:42AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:22AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Well no, Esteban. I'm here simply to correct the raving lunacy of people who think this has something to do with Islam.

4:16AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Boze sacuvaj.

3:29AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Lord have mercy. Adolf & Eva are back again, regurgitating their usual cud, spewing it upon the boards while never failing to enthusiastically insult other members. Are you losing the debate? Just shout "Islamophobia/Bigotry/Racism" so you can intimidate and silence the opposition, allowing you to claim full victory! "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." - Voltaire

10:17PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I do not understand how people can be so cruel to one another, and I guess I never will. This is just so horrible and needs to come to an end.

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