هل يحق للشرطة الاحتفاظ بعينات الحمض النووي؟

A computer image of DNA

Hello and welcome to BBC Xtra English!

Today Abdu and Liliane talk about DNA profiles.

DNA testing is a very important tool in fighting crime all around the world.

DNA testing can be done by taking a sample from the suspect's body, such as a hair or a tiny piece of skin and comparing it with the DNA found somewhere else.

DNA is unique and every human being has their own special DNA profile, which is a record of what his DNA looks like.

Recently there has been a lot of controversy over the DNA profiles of suspects, and if governments should be allowed to keep the DNA profiles of crime suspects, even if they have been found not guilty or have not been charged.

The European Court has ruled that police forces in Europe are not allowed to retain DNA profiles indefinitely for anyone who has not been found guilty of a crime.

As a result, the UK government is trying to place a limit on how long these profiles are kept; with their suggestion being a limit between six to twelve years, depending on how serious the crime was that the suspect was arrested for.

People who disagree with this say that the government should not have these DNA profiles at all as it risks becoming a surveillance state that compromises the freedom of people in the UK.

Do you think that DNA profiles should be kept by governments and why? Write to us in English!
هل توافق على احتفاظ أجهزة الشرطة بعينات الحمض النووي المأخوذة من مشتبه بهم حتى إذا ثبتت براءتهم، ولماذا؟ اكتب لنا بالإنجليزية

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

DNA
الحمض النووي
fighting crime
مكافحة الجريمة
sample
عينة
suspect
مشتبه به
not guilty
غير مذنب
charged
متهم
indefinitely
الى اجل غير مسمى
crime
جريمة
surveillance state
دولة تراقب مواطنيها باستمرار
compromises
تنازلات

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

This is really an interesting subject. In my opinion I agree on that point: the police should save the DNA sample tests and even other evidence too because maybe they are important to them so those samples could be the personal profile for all people and if anyone committed for crime then that will be easy for policemen and investigators to find him/her and say the right charge with correct evidence. I do not think that is a violation of personal rights, but a preventive measure for security.
Hayder Jumaili, Doha, Qatar

I think it will be better that state should keep only DNA profiles of crimers and guilty persons because that will respect the freedom of people and will be easy to find the suspect
Khawla Hamad, Kuwait

I agree the government to keep DNA for every body to use it when they need it. So many crimes happend in the world and its hard to do any thing if u dont have any evidence to prove any thing against but i u have profile for every one will be easy for police and the government to catch all kind of criminal in this world and its very strong evidence and whats wrong if the police have profile (DNA) for every single human being in this earth & all of this for the justice
Zeyad, Amman, Jordan

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