Gulf countries to introduce medical test for detecting homosexuals

October 11, 2013 12:35 pm

Gulf countries to introduce medical test for detecting homosexuals

Doha 11th October 2013: Gulf nations may soon introduce medical tests to “detect” gay people  traveling to those nations deny  from entering the nation.

Kuwait is developing a medical test which will be used to ‘detect’ homosexuals and keep them out of the region.

According to reports which quoted Al Rai, Arabic-language newspaper in Kuwait, the GCC countries Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates are toughening their stance on homosexuality by proposing such a medical test. These countries already consider homosexual acts as illegal.

Yousouf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry told Al Rai: “Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries. However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.”

He did not provide exact details on procedures involved in this test.

Richard Lane, from gay rights campaign group Stonewall, said: “These proposals are not only futile but contrary to international human rights law. Many Gulf States have gone to great lengths to market themselves as open for international business. Their leaders should think long and hard about putting forward measures to restrict freedom of movement and further prohibit the best talent from doing business in the region simply because of their sexual orientation.”

Homosexuality is illegal in 78 countries around the world. It is punishable by death in five countries including Iran and Yemen and Saudi Arabia. In Kuwait, people under the age of 21 found to be involving in homosexual acts face prison sentences of up to ten years.

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