Report: Kuwait to use test to ‘detect’ gay visitors


Kuwait claims it will conduct medical screening tests to “detect” gays arriving to the Gulf kingdom, according to a report from the International Business Times.

The report posted on the IBT website said that Yousouf Mindkar, director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, announced plans to routinely screen people arriving to the Gulf Cooperation Countries to identify LGBT people, who would be banned from entering the country.

The minister reportedly told a daily newspaper in Kuwait, “Health centers 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.”

There was no information in the report about what kind of test would be used.

Same-sex sexual activity is outlawed in the GCC member countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.