Kuwait to look into constitutional challenges to DNA law

Move comes after citizens questioned the bill’s legitimacy
By Staff writer
Tue 18 Oct 2016 12:55 PM

Kuwait’s constitutional court will hear challenges revolving around the controversial DNA law on December 21 after citizens questioned the bill’s legitimacy.

The law, which was approved by the national assembly in July 2015 and is set to be imposed in November 2016, made DNA testing mandatory for all residents and visitors in order to establish a database used to identify criminals and terrorists, reported Kuwait Times.

Those who refuse to take the test will reportedly face a $33,000 (KD10,000) fine and up to one year jail time.

The first-of-its-kind law sparked national and international outcry with human rights groups calling it a gross invasion of privacy.

Despite Kuwaiti officials insisting the law will be used only for security purposes, citizens expressed fear it would be used to strip Kuwaitis of their nationality.

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