Tajikistan’s government has compiled a list of about 400 of its gay and lesbian citizens, who will be required to undergo testing in order to make sure that they are not carrying and spreading STDs, the government newspaper in the country is reporting. In the past, human rights organizations have warned of discrimination against the country’s LGBT community.

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Tajikistan’s government announced yesterday (Tuesday) that it has compiled a list of 367 citizens from its LGBT community. The statement implied that these citizens will be required to undergo medical tests in order to “prevent spreading sexually transmitted diseases.”

The information was published by the government newspaper within the country, where an autocratic regime prevails. According to the news story, the list consisting of 319 gay men and 48 lesbians was compiled by “researching the LGBT community in the country.” Tajikistan’s population stands at about 8.5 million people.

The report claims that the list was assembled through two government missions, “morality” and “purification”, but did not expand the matter any further. Tajikistan is located in Central Asia and is mainly Muslim, however, the government officials are secular. Despite this, human rights activists in the past have attempted to warn about discrimination against the country’s LGBT community.

The government explained that it included these citizens in the list “due to their vulnerability within society, for their personal safety and in order to prevent spreading sexually transmitted diseases.” An anonymous police source told AFP that “rigid medical documentation” is necessary and that the LGBT community is “at a high risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and infections.”