Kuwait dictatorship’s LGBTQ persecution

This 2012 video is called BBC Report About Kuwait Stateless (Bedoon).

They are beaten, arrested.

Kuwaiti Police Humiliate Arrested Migrants: here.

Kuwait upholds 10-year prison sentence for Twitter ‘insults’: here.

As if oppressing human rights activists, workers, women, doctors, athletes, photographers, poets, etc. etc. in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are not already enough …

From Gulf News:

Homosexuals ‘to be barred from entering Kuwait

Medical screening tests to be used to reinforce decision

By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief

Published: 14:55 October 7, 2013

Manama: The routine clinical screening of expatriates coming into the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) might be also used to “detect” homosexuals, a senior Kuwaiti official has said.

A central committee tasked with the status of expatriates will look into the proposal when it convenes on November 11, Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, has said.

“Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries,” he said. “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,” he said, quoted by local daily Al Rai on Monday.

Homosexual acts are banned in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the GCC member countries.

The top-level bureaucrats of the Kuwaiti absolute monarchy seem to be ignorant about the World Health Organisation having stopped its classification of being gay as a “disease” already 23 years ago.

Instead of on this pseudo-medical witch-hunt, Kuwaiti health authorities should rather spend taxpayers’ money on stopping diseases caused by bad labour conditions for workers in Kuwait.

USA: Catholics push back against the firing of gay teachers at Catholic schools: here.

Christian students condemn gay classmates for ‘unpatriotic’ rainbow flag at US university: here.

14 thoughts on “Kuwait dictatorship’s LGBTQ persecution

    • Hi Jalal, thanks for your comment from personal experience; and my best wishes for you and your blog! I would not say all people living in Kuwait have these problems equally; probably more the people around the ruling autocracy.


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  2. Is Homosexuality Really An Import?

    By Devika Mittal

    16 October, 2013

    The Gulf nations are planning to conduct “gay tests” for foreign tourists. It is claimed that the test will “recognise” gays and transgenders who will be then denied entry. This will be applicable in all the GCC or Gulf Cooperation Council countries that includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. In all the GCC countries, homosexuality is outlawed.

    While this news is becoming a talk of the world, I fear that it will be largely discussed as a symbol of conservatism and related to a particular religion. I feel that the focus needs to be shifted to the accusation that homosexuality is an important. My article intends to burst this myth.

    The proposal of GCC is inherent with the assumption that homosexuality is an import of the west. It is not a practice of the land. This assumption and notion is true not only for the Arab countries but is also quite widespread in many South Asian countries. However, this is not corroborated by facts.

    The movement for the rights of the LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex) community is not very old. It was only in 2003 that all the states of America had legalised homosexuality. Marriage equality is banned in countries. Many states of USA are yet to legalise it. Russia has recently passed the anti-Gay bill. Even if western countries have some provisions, there is still social stigma attached to people of LGBTI community. In a recent news, it was reported that a Christian College in California had banned a student after it was found out that she was a transgender. Infact, it has been argued that homophobia or fear of homosexuality and diverse sexualities was a product of colonialism. Thus, it would be more apt to say that homophobia, not homosexuality, is an import of the west.

    Homosexuality as an “import” also conveys that homosexuality is a kind of trend or lifestyle. It is generally believed that like the concepts of a nuclear family and an individual life, homosexuality has also “come from the west”. It is not true because homosexuality is not a concept. It is not a trend that can be followed. It is the way a person is. What can be said to be imported from the west is the acceptability and recognition that some western societies have shown for diverse sexualities.

    Related with this concept is the basic assumption that homosexuality is “unnatural”. This assumption has been long challenged through inter-disciplinary researches. The fact is that if homosexuality is unnatural, then why is it found in about 1500 species ranging from primates to parasites? Homosexual behaviour is found to be quite widespread in the animal kingdom. One quarter of black swans engage in homosexual unions.

    If homosexuality and diverse sexualities are unnatural then why do we need religion, culture, media, law and the state to enforce this “fact”? Diverse sexualities are reflective of the beauty of the nature. We are mesmerized by the diversity in flowers, animals, birds, landscapes but then why do many of us reject and condemn diversity in the sexual orientation of human beings. There is enough literature available on the history of sexuality, about a more accommodating past followed by the period of suppression of sexuality. There are reasons that explain the suppression. In the past, due to the existing political circumstances, many societies lay emphasis on fertility and so they condemned any union that was not productive. They had intertwined this with the moral and social. It was incorporated in many religious systems. However, even when the situation changed, the moral and the social was not adequately challenged. Thus, the taboo remained.

    This move to bar the entry of gay tourists shows that there is a sense of “fear” and we must inquire about it. Who is fearful and of what? How is someone’s sexuality affecting a society or people around him/her? Homosexuality is being seen as a threat to the “moral good”. When a homosexual person is brutally harassed, where does the morality go? There are many incidents of rapes of people of LGBTI community. This proposed move to “control” homosexuality by barring the “agents” of homosexuality makes some sense if we accept that homosexuality has buyers in the land.

    Thus, it is important to realise that homosexuality is neither a threat to any culture or system of ‘morality’ nor an import of west. It is important to protest against this illogical and “unnatural” disease called homophobia that still grips many countries.

    Devika Mittal is a research student. She is a core member of Mission Bhartiyam and can be reached at devikamittal31@gmail.com



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