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Is Kuwait Trying To ‘Detect' Homosexuals So Gays Don’t Get In The Country?

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A proposal apparently exists for a part of the routine clinical screening of expatriates coming into the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) to be used to “detect” gays.

Gulfnews.com reports that a committee tasked with the status of expatriates will look into the proposal when it meets next month.

“Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries,” said Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry.

“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 added, according to local daily Al Rai.

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

Bahrain arrested more than 120 people, mainly gays from the Gulf countries, for holding a “depraved and decadent” party in 2011. The party reportedly brought together gay men from the Arabian Gulf countries. Most of the attendees were between 18 and 30 years old and one Lebanese and one Syrian were among those arrested following the police bust.

Sources: The Atlantic Wire, Gulfnews.com