Does This Turn You On? Then Don't Seek Asylum With The Czechs
If you're a gay man and thinking you need a new start, away from the bigots and haters, then don't be heading to the Czech Republic.
Authorities there have drawn the fury of human rights agencies for using a controversial "sexual arousal" test on homo asylum seekers, to determine if in fact they're telling the truth about being gay.
The story, detailed in the BBC, reports that applicants are hooked up to a machine that monitors blood flow, for the "phallometric test", and shown images of straight porn. If they become aroused, the machine detects it, and asylum is refused.
The European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency has sharply criticised the testing, saying it may violate human rights laws.
The case emerged when Germany refused to deport an Iranian asylum seeker to the Czech Republic on the grounds that as a gay man he would be tested.
The Czech interior minister said phallometric testing had been used in fewer than ten cases, with full consent of the asylum seeker, while the country's human rights commissioner has called the testing "undignified".