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Kuwait's Amir orders re-examination of controversial DNA law

Move comes days after constitutional court announced it will discuss issues revolving around the law’s legitimacy

Kuwait's Amir orders re-examination of controversial DNA law
Kuwaits Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. (AFP/Getty Images)

In a bid to “safeguard people’s privacy” Kuwait’s Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has ordered a re-examination of the law which requires all citizens, expats and visitors to undergo mandatory DNA tests.

The Amir also said the law should be examined in a way which serves public interests and social security, reported Kuwait Times.

On Tuesday, Kuwait’s constitutional court announced it will hear challenges revolving around the law on December 21 following citizens’ questioning of the bill’s legitimacy.

The controversial law was passed by the National Assembly in early 2016 and is scheduled to launch this November. It has since sparked international outcry with human rights groups calling it a gross invasion of privacy.

Authorities have insisted the law will only be used to identify criminals and terrorists.

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