EU slams Prague for tests on gay asylum seekers

The European Union’s human rights agency has accused the Czech authorities of homophobia over a test for refugees who claim asylum on the grounds they face persecution in their own country for being homosexual, the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday. The EU says the test – which involves measuring blood flow in the penis during sexual arousal – breaches its charter banning torture and humiliating treatment. The Czech ministry of the interior confirmed it does use so-called phallometry testing, if officials believe asylum applicants have given inconsistent testimonies during interviews. It said the tests had been carried out with the consent of asylum seekers.

Author: Ian Willoughby