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WHAT is wrong with these people????

Gulf states to introduce medical testing on travellers to 'detect' gay people and stop them from entering the country

  • Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE already outlaw homosexuality, but are toughening their controversial stance
  • Kuwait's director of public health says 'gays will be barred'
  • A medical test being developed by Kuwait will be used to 'detect' homosexuals and prevent them from entering the country – or any of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC), according to a Kuwaiti government official.

    GCC member countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – already deem homosexual acts unlawful. 

    This controversial stance is being toughened, according to Yousouf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry.

    Kuwait: The Gulf state is said to be developing a test that willl 'detect' gay people

    He told Kuwait newspaper Al Rai: ‘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.’


    Richard Lane, from gay rights campaign group Stonewall, said: ‘These proposals are not only futile but contrary to international human rights law. Many Gulf states have gone to great lengths to market themselves as open for international business. Their leaders should think long and hard about putting forward measures to restrict freedom of movement and further prohibit the best talent from doing business in the region simply because of their sexual orientation.'

    Those taking part in homosexual acts in Kuwait, if they’re under 21, can receive a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

    Earlier this month Oman newspaper The Week was suspended over an article that was deemed to be sympathetic to homosexuals, according to the BBC.

    It’s illegal to be gay in 78 countries, with lesbianism banned in 49. Five countries mete out the death penalty to gay people – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Mauritania.

    Extreme: Homosexuality is punishable by death in five countries - and illegal in 78


    Iran: Since 1979, the government has executed more than 4,000 people charged with homosexual acts. A non-adult who engages in consensual sodomy is subject to a punishment of 74 lashes.

    Saudi Arabia: Although the maximum punishment for homosexuality is execution, the government tends to use other punishments - such as fines, prison sentences, and whipping - unless it feels that homosexuals have challenged state authority by engaging in social movements.

    Sudan: For homosexual men, lashes are given for the first offence, with the death penalty following the third offence. 100 lashes are given to unmarried women who engage in homosexual acts.For lesbian women, stoning and thousands of lashes are the penalty for the first offence. Today, the issue has divided some religious communities. In 2006, Abraham Mayom Athiaan, a bishop in South Sudan, led a split from the Episcopal Church of Sudan for what he regarded as a failure by the church leadership to condemn homosexuality sufficiently strongly.

    Yemen: Homosexuality is still illegal in Yemen in accordance to the country's Shari'ah legal system. Punishment ranges from flogging to death.

    Mauritania: The Shari'a law applies in Mauritania. The penal code states that, since 1983,any adult Muslim caught engaging in an 'unnatural act' with a member of the same sex is punishable with the death sentence by public stoning.



    Asked by Crafty26 at 3:40 PM on Oct. 8, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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    • I don't know how to respond to it. Ignorant is the first word that comes to mind.

      Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 3:49 PM on Oct. 8, 2013

    • I am worried about my country and the things I can change.
      I do not need to go outside of our own borders to be offended or even outraged.
      They have made their stance clear and should any gay people wish to go to those countries, they at least have had fair warning.

      Answer by Dardenella at 5:47 PM on Oct. 8, 2013

    • How does a medical test 'detect' gays exactly?

      Answer by mommy_jules at 3:56 PM on Oct. 8, 2013

    • They also cut off hands for stealing, stone wives who look at another man other than her husband, & do so many unspeakable things that civilized countries find barbaric. So sadly, this does not surprise me.

      Answer by mrsmom110 at 5:04 PM on Oct. 8, 2013

    • You think they'd be more interested in putting that money towards modern medicine....

      Answer by m-avi at 5:30 PM on Oct. 8, 2013

    • /headdesk/

      Answer by MamaK88 at 4:58 PM on Oct. 8, 2013

    • Sorry I cannot comment as I am out of sunshine and rainbows. Anything that follows could potentially have me booted from the site.

      Answer by 2autisticsmom at 5:45 PM on Oct. 8, 2013

    • even tho i find it morally reprehensible, i usually adopt a "their country their rules" attitude for this stuff. but its just not fair to the homosexuals who were born and raised in those countries. its celibacy or death, or a very scary life of secrecy. i cant imagine being in a country that hates me for something i can not control...but that kinda seems par for the course in those countries, especially when it comes to women and gays.

      there is no gay gene and no medical test can detect i dunno what Kuwait's national gaydar is going to consist of. stupidity mostly.

      Answer by okmanders at 8:10 PM on Oct. 8, 2013

    • Sick bastards.

      Answer by sahmamax2 at 8:16 PM on Oct. 8, 2013

    • How does a medical test 'detect' gays exactly?

      That's a VERY good question!!! This is beyond ignorant... all I keep saying is WTF??? WTF???

      Comment by Crafty26 (original poster) at 4:03 PM on Oct. 8, 2013