DNA Tests Only for Felons

Post by Mark

DNA testing will only be applied on convicted felons and no one else, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah told Al-Jarida newspaper yesterday. Sheikh Sabah said that discussions on the issue of DNA testing, also known as DNA fingerprinting, were over, stressing that no tests will be applied on ordinary citizens. Recently, HH the Amir directed HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to revise and reconsider the DNA testing law, calling on him and the government to apply constitutional standards on the proposed decree. [Source]

Besides the fact that it would have been invasive to our privacy, testing everyones DNA including tourists would never have been doable, feasible or manageable, so I’m glad thats behind us now.

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  1. aaa says:

    and that’s why democracy doesn’t work

  2. Moe says:

    For what reason do they want to collect everyones DNA?

  3. Security Advisor says:

    ” stressing that no tests will be applied on ordinary citizens”

    Does that leave the book open foe expatriates ?????????

  4. Jane_Felon says:


    On 19 October 2016 the Emir requested that the law be revised in a way that would safeguard people’s privacy.

    The parliament’s revised plans have been praised internationally. “This is a wise and responsible decision,” said Olaf Riess, president of the European Society of Human Genetics, in a statement. “The law as originally proposed was disproportionate and likely to be ineffectual in tackling the problem of terrorism, and would have had negative consequences not just for Kuwaiti society, but also for medical science and research.”

  5. Ali K says:

    Being an Ex-Forensic DNA lab tech. Technically at least, it is very much doable and manageable.
    The machines currently used in the labs are extremely sophisticated and almost completely autonomous. Profiling large number of subjects may only be burdened by the sample collection from people themselves and the social implications of resistance to provide samples.

    • Mark says:

      The government can’t even get my birthday right, I’ve got a different birthday on my civil id, passport and residency so I doubt they can manage a database with sensitive information like this.

      • Ali K says:

        Hency me starting with the word “Technically” and hence me being Ex . You are totally right with regards to Management and admin handling. We are in constant demand of proper management and later I found out that we “the technical employees” were going nowhere. We fought so hard to extract ourselves into a private entity but that never worked out.
        In all sense. I am so glad they finally closed that chapter.

  6. Nouqat says:

    The primary reason why profiling tens of thousands of citizens and expats is dropped is due to the waning price of crude and the long lasting glut expected in the oil market.

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