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Kuwait Cabinet examines recommendation to modify DNA print law
January 23, 2017, 7:58 pm

The Cabinet at its weekly session on Monday discussed a recommendation by the Legal Affairs Committee with respect of amending the bill to modify the DNA print bill. The ministers examined the recommendation in implementation of guidelines by His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to amend Law 70/2015 regarding the DNA print "in a manner that would safeguard (peoples') privacy, serve public interests and bolster security of the society."

On October 19, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad addressed His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to re-examine the DNA Law in accordance with Kuwait Constitution and in a manner that would safeguard peoples' privacy.

His Highness the Amir has also instructed His Highness the Premier that the re-examination of the said law be in a fashion that would serve public interests, social security and the objective that had been set for drafting it.

Moreover, His Highness the Amir, in a statement to a local newspaper, published on 9 November, stated that the DNA testing would be only applied on convicted felons and no one else. In remarks to Al-Jaridah newspaper, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah said that the discussions on the issue of DNA testing, also known as DNA fingerprinting, were done, stressing that no tests will be applied citizens with no criminal records. 

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