Main | Friday, October 11, 2013

Kuwait To Expand "Gender Testing"

Pink News reports:
The Health Ministry of Kuwait has proposed that genetic tests for immigrant workers in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, be tightened to prevent transgender migrants from entering the job market there. This news follows an announcement earlier this week that Doctors in Kuwait and other GCC countries may subject men entering the county to screening tests in order to attempt to “detect”, and ban gay people from entering. Tawfiq Khojah, director-general of the Executive Office at the GCC Health Council, said, “The health checklist for migrant workers now contains a mandatory examination to determine gender.” He went on to say that the restrictions were intended to preserve Islamic principles. The proposal for the change will be made before the Central Committee for foreign workers on 11 November he told Arab News. The test aims to determine the gender of the person at birth, as well as through the worker’s medical history.

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