Forcing men to undergo anal examinations just because they are suspected of being gay has been ruled illegal by a court in Kenya. The decision has been celebrated by activists and human rights organizations and could influence an upcoming ruling in a separate landmark case about LGBT rights in Kenya. Forced anal exams as a means of determining a man’s sexuality are common practice in at least nine countries — seven of which are in Africa — despite being considered a degrading form of torture in international law and being found to have no medical merits by physicians. And while some have vowed to ban the exams, Kenya is the first country to have a documented case where judges have ruled against them.
March 22 / BuzzFeed