In the World Report 2016, Human Rights Watch reported limited progress for Kuwait’s human rights. Among the most important achievements for human rights in Kuwait were improvements in domestic labour laws that give workers enforceable labour rights for the first time ever, although the law does not include enforcement mechanisms, nor specify penalties. Concerns regarding basic human freedoms and rights in Kuwait include the continued failure to provide for the bedoon community in the country, limited free speech and free press and a new law requiring the establishment of a DNA database that requires all citizens and residents to provide DNA samples. „DNA collection databases are not inherently illegal, but to meet international privacy standards enshrined in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, which Kuwait has ratified, the law would need to be narrowed,“ Human Rights Watch notes.
Source: Kuwait Times
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