Rwanda proposes world’s first nationwide DNA database to combat crime

Rwanda proposes world’s first nationwide DNA database to combat crime

Rwanda’s government has proposed the creation of a country-wide DNA database of all 12 million of its citizens. The government hopes the move would help tackle crimes such as murder, defilement, and rape in the country. The proposal needs to be approved in Parliament. There are concerns that the plans could violate human rights laws if the DNA data were to be misused.

DKO 1 year

Isn't universal databases, of fingerprints, DNA, etc, precisely what drastically increases false positives? Maybe concentrate in feeding your people, developing your economy, educating your kids.

Shane Olson
Shane Olson 1 year

I’m opposed to police using a universal database of DNA. Seems like a major breach of privacy and something that will cause more issues than it solves.

Paul Fisher
Paul Fisher 1 year

Why is Rwanda proposing this rather than more stable and developed countries? It sounds like a good idea but there must be a good reason why it hasn't previously been implemented. I suppose that international interagency cooperation is already a thing, and various cross border crime prevention institutions also already exist. I imagine that certain countries wouldn't be too happy to share its citizens data so freely in the first place. Neither would I for that matter. Think I just answered my own question.

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