Gulf Nations to Medically Test for Homosexuality to Prevent Them From Entering Their Countries

Kuwait and other Gulf states could start performing so-called “medical tests” to try to detect homosexuals and prevent them from entering their countries.

This picture shows a general view of Kuwait City, as seen from Al-Hamra Tower on November 15, 2009. When completed, the tower will become the tallest skyscraper in Kuwait and one of the top 10 tallest towers in the world. Construction on the tower, which will be 450 meters tall and comprise 77 floors, started in 2005. The tower will include 100,000 metre square of commercial and office space, as well as movie theaters, a rooftop restaurant and a spa.

This picture shows a general view of Kuwait City, as seen from Al-Hamra Tower on November 15, 2009. When completed, the tower will become the tallest skyscraper in Kuwait and one of the top 10 tallest towers in the world. Construction on the tower, which will be 450 meters tall and comprise 77 floors, started in 2005. The tower will include 100,000 metre square of commercial and office space, as well as movie theaters, a rooftop restaurant and a spa.

The Gulf Cooperation countries, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, already ban homosexual acts.

Yousouf Mindkar of the Kuwait health ministry said under the new proposals, officials would conduct the tests on foreigners when they try to enter the country.

“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 told the Kuwait newspaper Al Rai.

Mindkar did not say what tests they are going to use to “detect” a person’s sexual orientation.

One Bahrain politician called the tests “crazy” and illogical.

“This is a clear violation of human rights and we reject this proposal by the Kuwaiti official as it restricts freedom of individuals,” Bahrain Bloc MP Ahmed Al Sa’ati told the Gulf Daily News.

“Islam teaches us that we cannot interfere in somebody’s personal affairs.”

According to a UN report, at least 76 countries have laws against same-sex acts and five punish homosexuality by death, including Saudi Arabia.

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