Better watch your ass when you travel in Kenya

Posted: 06/24/2016 in Screwed
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I had my annual physical at the doc’s office last week.  Like most men my age, I find the prostate exam a bit off-putting.  But then I saw this story and it made me glad I don’t live in Kenya:

Two men … sought a court ruling to stop enforced anal examinations and HIV tests of men accused of being gay after they were subjected to the procedures.  The two were arrested in a bar near Ukunda, a town along Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, in February 2015 on suspicion of engaging in homosexual sex, a criminal offence in Kenya. They still face the charges and, if convicted, could be jailed for 14 years.  In their petition, the men said the anal examinations and HIV and hepatitis B tests they were forced to have amounted to torture and degrading treatment.

Gee, ya think?  But, not surprisingly, given the attitude of most of Africa towards homosexuality, the judges didn’t agree.

There was no violation of rights or the law, Mombasa high court judge Mathew Emukule said on Thursday. “I find no violation of human dignity, right to privacy and right to freedom of the petitioners,” he said.

And he’ll stand by that right up to the moment he’s arrested and forced to comply with the law.  And you thought having to provide a birth certificate to get to use a public bathroom was a nuisance.

“I sat in court holding my chin in disbelief,” said Eric Gitari, the executive director of the Kenyan National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which has supported the petition. He said the men would appeal.

“It’s so painful when we are trying to encourage the gay community to go to court to affirm their rights; the courts are instead affirming violation of their rights,” Gitari said.

The judgment means that someone can be arrested on a rumour that they are gay and subjected to these tests, he said. “Do we want to use the nation’s scarce resources on this?”

Here’s a thought: how about we start a rumor that Kenya’s high court is composed solely of homosexuals and see what happens?

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Be seeing you.

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