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European Union's top court:

NO to ‘gay’ tests


Asylum seekers must not be subjected to psychological tests to determine whether they are homosexual, the European Union’s top court has ruled. Tests to determine sexual orientation are controversial, but are sometimes used when assessing asylum claims.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling is binding in all 28 EU states. The ECJ case relates to a Nigerian man who submitted an asylum application in Hungary in April 2015. He feared persecution in Nigeria for being gay. Hundreds of homosexuals fearing persecution in Africa, the Middle East and Chechnya have sought asylum in the EU, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights reports.

The Nigerian’s claim was rejected after a psychologist’s report failed to confirm his homosexuality. A court in Szeged, Hungary, must now reconsider his case in light of the ECJ ruling.