Kuwait plan to “detect” and bar gays from entering the country

Kuwaiti health officials are looking at the possibility of using “stricter” clinical screening of foreigners entering the country to help them “detect gays”.

Gulfnews.com reports that a central committee tasked with the status of expatriates will look into the proposal when it convenes on November 11.

Health centres currently conduct routine medical checks to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into Gulf Cooperation Council countries like Kuwait.

“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,” Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, was quoted by local daily Al Rai on Monday.

Homosexual acts are banned in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the GCC member countries. In Kuwait, prison terms for homosexual acts can reach 10 years if the people involved were under the age of 21.

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