Kuwait passes law requiring national DNA sampling


On July 1, 2015 Kuwait's National Assembly passed a new counter-terrorism law that included the requirement that all 1.3 million Kuwaiti citizens and 2.9 million foreign residents provide DNA samples, which will be stored in a database maintained and operated by the Interior Ministry. The law, which was a response to the June 2015 suicide bombing of the Imam Sadiq Mosque, which killed 27 people and wounded 227. The law provides for a penalty of up to one year in prison and fines of up to $33,000 for anyone who refuses to provide a DNA sample. Supplying a fake sample can result in a prison sentence of up to seven years. DNA systems like this one have been outlawed in other countries such as the EU and the US. 


Writer: Human Rights Watch
Publication: Human Rights Watch

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