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NGO: Indonesia Still Conducting Debunked ‘Virginity Tests’ on Female Troops

by BEN KEW22 Nov 2017

Human rights organizations are urging Indonesia’s military to end its practice of conducting virginity tests years after the World Health Organization declared they had no scientific validity.

Security forces such as the military and the police regularly carry out the tests on new female recruits, which include the “two-finger tests” to determine whether female applicants’ hymens remain.

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The practice is foremost a violation of both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention against Torture, both of which Indonesia have signed, which prohibits “all acts of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.”
However, any decision on the issue remains at the discretion of President Joko Widodo, who is a known supporter of the practice.
Indonesia has seen an increased human rights crackdown in recent years as hardline Muslims continue to successfully pressure the government into Sharia-related governance.
In January, a group of political parties in the Indonesian parliament proposed a total ban on alcohol, including the production, distribution, and sale of it in the country. Last year, the government also agreed to block dozens of gay websites and apps in the country, as well as a series of news magazine sites tailored to an LGBT audience.
Meanwhile, other countries also criticized for their use of virginity tests include Egypt, India, and Afghanistan.
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