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Kuwait set up its DNA database in 2002, with no specific DNA database legislation. There were renewed calls in 2012 for expansion.  In 2015, Kuwait adopted a law making it mandatory for all citizens and foreign residents to be on a national DNA database.
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Kuwait set up its DNA database in 2002, with no specific DNA database legislation. There were renewed calls in 2012 for expansion.  In 2015, Kuwait adopted a law making it mandatory for all citizens and foreign residents to be on a national DNA database. However, the Emir subsequently ordered this law to be reviewed, and the High Court judged that it was unconstitutional. New legislation is being developed to replace it.
  
 
The 2008 Interpol survey reports that 393 crime scene DNA profiles and 3,958 individuals' profiles were held in Kuwait at the time of the survey. According to Interpol, Kuwait's DNA database grew to 2,500 crime scene DNA profiles, 12,000 reference DNA profiles from individuals, 33 missing persons' DNA profiles, plus 58 unidentified human remains DNA profiles in 2011.
 
The 2008 Interpol survey reports that 393 crime scene DNA profiles and 3,958 individuals' profiles were held in Kuwait at the time of the survey. According to Interpol, Kuwait's DNA database grew to 2,500 crime scene DNA profiles, 12,000 reference DNA profiles from individuals, 33 missing persons' DNA profiles, plus 58 unidentified human remains DNA profiles in 2011.
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==References==
 
==References==
 
*External links
 
*External links
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**[https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/01/12/kuwait-fix-laws-violate-privacy-free-speech Human Rights Watch: Kuwait: Fix Laws That Violate Privacy, Free Speech (12th January 2017)]
 
**[https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/07/20/kuwait-new-counterterror-law-sets-mandatory-dna-testing Human Rights Watch: Kuwait: New Counterterror Law Sets Mandatory DNA Testing: Violates Right to Personal Privacy (20th July 2015)]
 
**[https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/07/20/kuwait-new-counterterror-law-sets-mandatory-dna-testing Human Rights Watch: Kuwait: New Counterterror Law Sets Mandatory DNA Testing: Violates Right to Personal Privacy (20th July 2015)]
 
**[http://www.fsigenetics.com/article/S1872-4973%2815%2900025-3/abstract Taqi etal (2015) Population genetics of 23 Y-STR markers in Kuwaiti population (May 2015)]
 
**[http://www.fsigenetics.com/article/S1872-4973%2815%2900025-3/abstract Taqi etal (2015) Population genetics of 23 Y-STR markers in Kuwaiti population (May 2015)]
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*Press articles
 
*Press articles
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**[https://ifex.org/kuwait/2017/10/17/draconian-dna-law/ Ifex25: Kuwaiti court strikes down draconian DNA law (17th Otober 2017)]
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**[http://www.arabianbusiness.com/politics-economics/381445-kuwait-said-to-scrap-dna-testing-law Arabian Business: Kuwait said to scrap DNA testing law (17th October 2017)]
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**[https://www.newscientist.com/article/2149830-kuwaits-plans-for-mandatory-dna-database-have-been-cancelled/ New Scientist: Kuwait’s plans for mandatory DNA database have been cancelled (9th October 2017)]
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**[https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Kuwaits_high_court_rules_against_controversial_law_on_DNA-SNG_101047768/ Zawya: Kuwait's high court rules against controversial law on DNA (6th October 2017)]
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**[https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/kuwaits-constitutional-court-mandatory-dna-collection-law-is-no-good/ Ars Technica: Kuwait’s Constitutional Court: Mandatory DNA collection law is no good (6th October 2017)]
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**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/high-court-rules-controversial-law-dna-articles-violate-constitution/ Arab Times: High court rules against controversial law on DNA – ‘Articles violate Constitution’ (5th October 2017)]
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**[http://beirutpress.net/article/422503: Beirut Press: الكويت تقضي بعدم دستورية قانون البصمة الوراثية (DNA) (5th October 2017)]
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**[http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/dna-testing-back/ Kuwait Times: DNA testing is back (15th June 2017)]
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**[http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2588402&language=en Kuwait News Agency (KUNA): Cabinet examines recommendation to modify DNA print law (23rd January 2017)]
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**[http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/cabinet-examines-recommendation-modify-controversial-dna-law/ Kuwait Times: Cabinet examines recommendation to modify controversial DNA law (23rd January 2017)]
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**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/minister-okays-top-panels-report-proposal-amend-dna-law-moci-set-study-cancellation-3000-firms/ Arab Times: Minister ‘okays’ top panel’s report on proposal to amend the DNA law (16th January 2017)]
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**[http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/amir-dna-tests-felons/ Kuwait Times: Amir: DNA tests only for felons (10th November 2016)]
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**[http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/in-dna-review-kuwait-limits-sampling-to-20-1.1919045 Gulf News: In DNA review, Kuwait limits sampling to 20% (26th October 2016)]
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**[https://www.newscientist.com/article/2109959-kuwait-to-change-law-forcing-all-citizens-to-provide-dna-samples/ New Scientist: Kuwait to change law forcing all citizens to provide DNA samples (21st October 2016)]
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**[https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161020-kuwaiti-amir-orders-reconsideration-of-controversial-dna-law-agency/ Middle East Monitor: Kuwaiti Emir orders reconsideration of controversial DNA law – agency (20th October 2016)]
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**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/amir-wants-dna-rethink/ Arab Times: Amir wants DNA rethink (20th October 2016)]
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**[http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/court-look-dna-law-dec-21/ Kuwait Times: Court to look into DNA law Dec 21 (17th October 2016)]
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**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/shut-doors-dna-testing-political-activist-urges-govt/ Arab Times: Shut doors on DNA testing, political activist urges govt (13th October 2016)]
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**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/blanket-dna-tests-breach-human-rights-tourism-business-suffer/ Arab Times: Blanket DNA tests breach of human rights – ‘Tourism, business to suffer’ (5th October 2016)]
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**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/dna-test-must-moi/ Arab Times: DNA test must – Moi (1st October 2016)]
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**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/dna-tests-not-target-dual-citizens-fraud-seen-distribution-retirees-health-cards/ Arab Times: ‘DNA tests do not target dual citizens’ – Fraud seen in distribution of ‘retirees’ health cards (30th September 2016)]
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**[https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/29/dna-tests-kuwait-mandate/ Stat: Opposition stirring to Kuwaiti law mandating DNA tests for all residents (29th September 2016)]
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**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/dna-test-2017/ Arab Times: DNA test in 2017 (27th September 2016)]
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**[http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/dna-collection-controversy-resurfaces-amid-kuwait-s-shift-to-electronic-passports-1.1901562 Gulf News: DNA collection controversy resurfaces amid Kuwait’s shift to electronic passports (26th September 2016)]
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**[http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/kuwait-lawyer-challenges-constitutionality-worlds-first-controversial-mandatory-dna-collection-law-1582870 International Business Times: Kuwait lawyer challenges constitutionality of world's first controversial mandatory DNA collection law (23rd September 2016)]
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**[http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/09/kuwait-dna-database/ Ars Technica UK: http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/09/kuwait-dna-database/ To fight terrorism, Kuwait will store DNA of all 3.5M residents plus visitors (23rd September 2016)]
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**[http://www.aloulalaw.com/en/NewsDetails.aspx?EditId=439 Al Oula Law: Lawyer Adel Abdulhadi challenges DNA Law No. 78/2015 before Constitutional Court (23rd September 2016)]
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**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/e-passport-system-dna-law-implementation-start-nov-law-not-aimed-reveal-family-secrets-al-jarrah/ Arab Times: ‘E-passport system, DNA law implementation to start Nov’ – Law not aimed to reveal family secrets: Al-Jarrah (23nd September 2016)]
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**[http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2016/09/dna-papers-please/ Practical Ethics Blog: DNA papers, please (23rd September 2016)]
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**[https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106835-kuwait-lawyers-fight-worlds-first-mandatory-dna-sampling-law/ New Scientist: Kuwait lawyers fight world’s first mandatory DNA sampling law (22nd September 2016)]
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**[http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/court-rule-legality-gasoline-hike-dna-law-challenged/ Kuwait Times: Court to rule on legality of gasoline hike – DNA law challenged (21st September 2016)]
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/assurance-dna-sampling/ Arab Times: Assurance on DNA sampling (19th September 2016)]
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/assurance-dna-sampling/ Arab Times: Assurance on DNA sampling (19th September 2016)]
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/kuwait-dna-law-rapped-us-daily-constitutional-court-weigh-privacy-protections/ Arab Times: Kuwait DNA law rapped in US daily – Constitutional Court to weigh privacy protections (15th September 2016)]
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/kuwait-dna-law-rapped-us-daily-constitutional-court-weigh-privacy-protections/ Arab Times: Kuwait DNA law rapped in US daily – Constitutional Court to weigh privacy protections (15th September 2016)]
 
**[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/14/kuwait-plans-to-create-a-huge-dna-database-of-resident-and-visitors-scientists-are-appalled/ Washington Post: Kuwait plans to create a huge DNA database of residents and visitors. Scientists are appalled (14th September 2016)]
 
**[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/14/kuwait-plans-to-create-a-huge-dna-database-of-resident-and-visitors-scientists-are-appalled/ Washington Post: Kuwait plans to create a huge DNA database of residents and visitors. Scientists are appalled (14th September 2016)]
 
**[https://www.newscientist.com/article/2105483-kuwaits-mass-dna-database-is-a-huge-attack-on-genetic-privacy/ New Scientist: Kuwait’s mass DNA database is a huge attack on genetic privacy (12th September 2016)]
 
**[https://www.newscientist.com/article/2105483-kuwaits-mass-dna-database-is-a-huge-attack-on-genetic-privacy/ New Scientist: Kuwait’s mass DNA database is a huge attack on genetic privacy (12th September 2016)]
**[http://www.aljarida.com/articles/1468230083093344800/ Aljarida: DNA refers three citizens to prosecution (in Arabic) (11th July 2015)]
 
 
**[http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/the-dna-law/ Kuwait Times: The DNA law (11th September 2016)]
 
**[http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/the-dna-law/ Kuwait Times: The DNA law (11th September 2016)]
 
**[http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-09/esoh-nkl090816.php EurekAlert: New Kuwaiti law on the collection of human DNA threatens scientific collaboration (8th September 2016)]
 
**[http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-09/esoh-nkl090816.php EurekAlert: New Kuwaiti law on the collection of human DNA threatens scientific collaboration (8th September 2016)]
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**[http://fusion.net/story/339574/kuwaits-new-dna-collection-law-is-scarier-than-we-ever-imagined/ Fusion: Kuwait’s new DNA collection law is scarier than we ever imagined (24th August 2016)]
 
**[http://fusion.net/story/339574/kuwaits-new-dna-collection-law-is-scarier-than-we-ever-imagined/ Fusion: Kuwait’s new DNA collection law is scarier than we ever imagined (24th August 2016)]
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/sanctions-planned-dodgers-dna-no-tolerance/ Arab Times: Sanctions planned for dodgers of DNA – No tolerance (21st August 2016)]
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/sanctions-planned-dodgers-dna-no-tolerance/ Arab Times: Sanctions planned for dodgers of DNA – No tolerance (21st August 2016)]
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**[[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/moi-update-data-citizenship-files-exercise-prelude-start-dna-testing/ Arab Times: MoI to update data in citizenship files – Exercise a prelude to start of DNA testing (20th August 2016)
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/dna-checks-cover-citizens-expats-bedoun-plan-limit-foreigners-stay-country/ Arab Times: DNA checks to cover all citizens, expats, bedoun – Plan to limit foreigners stay in country (18th August 2016)]
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/dna-checks-cover-citizens-expats-bedoun-plan-limit-foreigners-stay-country/ Arab Times: DNA checks to cover all citizens, expats, bedoun – Plan to limit foreigners stay in country (18th August 2016)]
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/citizenship-obtained-fraud-will-withdrawn/ Arab Times:‘Citizenship obtained by fraud will be withdrawn’ (17th August 2016)]
 
**[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/citizenship-obtained-fraud-will-withdrawn/ Arab Times:‘Citizenship obtained by fraud will be withdrawn’ (17th August 2016)]
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**[http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2015/07/14/kuwait-mandatory-dna-testing/ The New Daily: This nation has made DNA testing mandatory (14th July 2015)]
 
**[http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2015/07/14/kuwait-mandatory-dna-testing/ The New Daily: This nation has made DNA testing mandatory (14th July 2015)]
 
**[http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/kuwait-justify-mandatory-dna-testing-150713200708228.html Al Jazeera: Can Kuwait justify mandatory DNA testing? (13th July 2015)]
 
**[http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/kuwait-justify-mandatory-dna-testing-150713200708228.html Al Jazeera: Can Kuwait justify mandatory DNA testing? (13th July 2015)]
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**[http://www.aljarida.com/articles/1468230083093344800/ Aljarida: DNA refers three citizens to prosecution (in Arabic) (11th July 2015)]
 
**[http://news.kuwaittimes.net/pdf/2015/jun/28/p06.pdf Kuwait Times: US State Department Human Rights Report 2014 - Kuwait (28th June 2015)]
 
**[http://news.kuwaittimes.net/pdf/2015/jun/28/p06.pdf Kuwait Times: US State Department Human Rights Report 2014 - Kuwait (28th June 2015)]
 
**[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/kuwait-makes-residents-dna-tests-6056763 Kuwait makes all residents have DNA tests - or face prison (13th July 2015)]
 
**[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/kuwait-makes-residents-dna-tests-6056763 Kuwait makes all residents have DNA tests - or face prison (13th July 2015)]

Latest revision as of 06:38, 28 July 2020

Kuwait set up its DNA database in 2002, with no specific DNA database legislation. There were renewed calls in 2012 for expansion. In 2015, Kuwait adopted a law making it mandatory for all citizens and foreign residents to be on a national DNA database. However, the Emir subsequently ordered this law to be reviewed, and the High Court judged that it was unconstitutional. New legislation is being developed to replace it.

The 2008 Interpol survey reports that 393 crime scene DNA profiles and 3,958 individuals' profiles were held in Kuwait at the time of the survey. According to Interpol, Kuwait's DNA database grew to 2,500 crime scene DNA profiles, 12,000 reference DNA profiles from individuals, 33 missing persons' DNA profiles, plus 58 unidentified human remains DNA profiles in 2011.

References