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GCC plan to ban homosexuals kicks up row

Media reports that Gulf countries are planning to deny residency visas to people who are found to be transgender and homosexual after medical check up went viral on social networking sites in Qatar yesterday.\nThe reports trickled down from Kuwait where a senior public health official said Kuwait and other GCC states were mulling conducting tests to detect transgender people and homosexuals among newly-arriving foreign workers.\n

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21st October 2013 16:05

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

If the tests are positive, such workers would be refused residency and work visas, the director of public health in Kuwait, Dr Yusuf Mindkar told local Arabic daily Al Rai.

The tests, he said, could be made mandatory for all newly-recruited foreign workers before stamping their work and residency visas. Mindkar said a central committee of the GCC concerned with the recruitment of foreign workers was to be convened on November 11 to discuss the issue. He, however, didn’t disclose the venue of the proposed meet.

Al Rai daily, in a separate report, quoted some Kuwaiti parliament members as saying that they welcomed the idea and such a ban should be backed by law.

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