HIV-positive Egyptian men are tortured and chained to hospital beds while awaiting unfair homosexuality trials, a human rights group has claimed.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) decried the “ignorance and injustice” of a case in which a group of arrested men were given HIV tests without their consent.
They were also subjected to anal tests to “prove” their homosexual conduct.
Two of the men tested HIV-positive and are now handcuffed to hospital beds for 23 hours a day, HRW said.
“These men have been subjected to anal examination without their consent which amounts to torture,” Gasser Abdel-Razek, HRW’s acting director of regional relations in the Middle East, told the BBC on Wednesday.
“Egypt should release the men unconditionally and put a system in place that does not deal with HIV-positive individuals as criminals but as patients who require medical care and attention.”
Egypt‘s Interior Ministry had no immediate comment on the case.