Amnesty International protests Kuwait’s “gay detector test”

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Amnesty International, the worldwide human rights organization, has called a request from a senior Kuwaiti health official to introduce a “gay detector test” in airports “outrageous” and urge its rejection.

The proposal would add a new, required test to the existing medical assessments, which would be designed to keep LGBT emigrants out of Gulf Corporation Countries.

“This proposal will only further stigmatize people who already suffer extremely high levels of discrimination and abuse on the grounds of their real or perceived sexual orientation of gender identity,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

According to a statement from Amnesty, the “gay detector test” would ban anyone found to be homosexual, transgender, or a cross-dresser from entering the country.

“Advanced and civilized countries do not persecute LGBT people, either within their own country or at the border,” Ross Murray—Director of Religion, Faith, and Values at GLAAD—told 429Magazine. 

“Kuwait is one of 78 countries that has made being LGBT a crime, and now this discriminatory mindset is being applied to the country’s immigration system where it unfairly targets migrant workers,” added Murray. “We have seen international public outcry about Uganda and Russia’s treatment of LGBT people, and we should expect the world to stand in solidarity with LGBT people, in Kuwait or wherever they are.”

As do many Gulf countries, Kuwait has a ban on homosexuality. Those who violate the ban risk up to 10 years in prison.

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