Kuwait’s DNA collection law could lead to mass deportations

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[A]fter an ISIS-linked man ignited a bomb in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait [in 2015], killing 27, the [government is thinking of passing a] law requir[ing] that all citizens, residents[,] and visitors to the country submit DNA samples to enter or stay in the country. It was passed in the name of national security and in helping identify victims of large-scale attacks.

“This is deeply, deeply disturbing because citizenship should be based on people’s ties to a society and a country,” Julia Harrington-Reddy [said]…“Genetics is not valid grounds for citizenship….”

Also living in Kuwait, though, is a significant Bidoon minority…The Kuwaiti government considers the Bidoon…illegal residents…[and] has gone as far as flirting with the idea of moving its entire stateless Bidoon community to…a remote African island, as a way to rid itself of the generational problem.

“They might be using the idea of genetic testing as some sort of smokescreen, and actually they’re just going to test people who are from Bidoon families and take their citizenship away,” added Harrington-Reddy.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Kuwait’s new DNA collection law is scarier than we ever imagined

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