Kuwait Officials at War With Amnesty Intl. Over Gay Medical Tests

10.16.2013

By OUTTraveler Editors

Hardline Kuwaiti politicians say Amnesty International, which is opposed to the nation testing visitors to see if they're LGBT, promotes vice.

Hyper-conservative Kuwaiti politicians wants their government to fire back at Amnesty International for criticizing their proposal to introduce medical examinations to determine if visitors to their country are LGBT.

Amnesty released a statement saying the proposal was "outrageous and should be rejected out of hand." Instead of exposing people to cruel and unnecessary examinations, Kuwait should be repealing laws against consensual adult relations and respecting LGBT people.

Kuwaiti official Abdul Rahman Al Jiran fired back in a Middle Eastern newspaper, saying Amnesty International, a respected human rights group, has caved to vice and immorality.

"Amnesty International should take care of lofty and noble goals for which it was established, leave aside homosexuality and deviations and stop defending delinquents," Al Jiran reportedly said. "The organization should heed the annual rates of births outside the institution of marriage in Europe and abortions as well as the high rates of underage mothers and other moral crimes forbidden by all divine religions."

A former Kuwaiti politician, Mohammad Al Jabri, echoed Al Jiran's statements.

Al Jiran wants Kuwait's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to condemn Amnesty's statement. If passed, Kuwait's medical examination law could affect other homophobic Middle Eastern nations, such as Saudi Arabia.

Tags: Features, Kuwait

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