Amnesty slams Kuwait`s `gay tests` to keep LGBT out of Gulf

A senior Kuwaiti health official`s proposal to introduce a `gay detector test` at the airport to keep LGBT expatriates out of Gulf Cooperation Countries is `outrageous` and should be rejected, Amnesty International has said.

ANI| Updated: Oct 13, 2013, 16:22 PM IST

Kuwait: A senior Kuwaiti health official`s proposal to introduce a `gay detector test` at the airport to keep LGBT expatriates out of Gulf Cooperation Countries is `outrageous` and should be rejected, Amnesty International has said.

Philip Luther, the rights group`s Middle East and North Africa director, said that the proposal will only further stigmatise people who already suffer extremely high levels of discrimination and abuse for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

According to Gulf News, he said that instead of continuing to discriminate against LGBTs, authorities in Kuwait should work to ensure that people are not harassed and abused.
Amnesty said the proposal would ban anyone found to be homosexual, transgender or a cross-dresser from entering the country, the report said.
Amnesty said the proposal, if adopted, would add a new test to the medical assessments already required for migrants.

Kuwait, like other Gulf countries, bans homosexuality, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.