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Expatriates looking to enter Kuwait and other Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) could be subjected to medical tests in an attempt to "detect" if they're homosexual or not.

The Independent reports that a central committee, tasked with the status of expatriates, will view the proposal on November 11.

If approved, routine clinical screenings of expatriates entering GCC would be introduced at airports. But the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, Al Rai has at this point not disclosed what the procedures to assess somebody's LGBT status would entail exactly. Rai believes these new "stricter measures", over and above the general health tests of all expatriates wanting to re-enter, would keep gays out of the country.

Being homosexual is illegal in more than 70 countries, with Russia having passed anti-gay laws earlier this year. Homosexuality carries the death penalty in a handful of countries, among them Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
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