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In Kuwait, all citizens, residents and visitors must give a DNA sample or face prison

by Futures Centre, May 6
1 minute read

Kuwait is the first country to introduce mandatory DNA registration. This will apply to all citizens and residents, but also to anyone visiting the kingdom for a short period of time. The government says that these measures are to fight crime and prevent terrorism. The authorities have attempted to reassure Kuwaitis (and potential visitors) that the procedure only requires a few drops of blood or a saliva swab. However those who do not conform could be fined $33,000 or imprisoned for a year. In addition anyone who provides a false sample could be imprisoned for up to 7 years. The law passed in July 2015 is set to go into effect this year.

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