ORAM has sent a letter to the Czech Minister of the Interior, Hon Radek John, demanding that the Czech Republic definitively end its practice of phallometric testing, and enclosing our recent report.  The letter was co-signed by two Czech asylum organizations, the Association for Integration and Migration (Sdružení pro integraci a migraci) and the OPU (Organizace pro pomoc uprchlíkům).

The Czech government responded to criticism of the procedure by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency in December, but stated it will continue making the test available to those who request it.  ORAM fears that those who decline to request the test could be denied refugee protection and that desperate asylum seekers will “opt” for the procedure in the attempt to avoid being deported to countries where they fear persecution.

The letter asks that the Czech government abolish the practice altogether, and explore alternatives to ascertaining sexual orientation including sensitive interviewing techniques.