A draft bill that anticipates the use of fingerprints on national identity cards for adult citizens has sparked controversy among Turkish lawmakers.
According to the draft bill, which was approved by the parliamentary planning and budget commission, a biometrical fingerprint will be included on the identity cards to be given to all Turkish citizens over 16 years of age. Some deem the move a kind of “genetic stigmatization,” while the parliamentary human rights commission considers whether it is compatible with individual rights.
Human Rights Commission Chairman Zafer Üskül, who is working on the draft of the bill, said it could violate human rights to take a record of certain individual data without legally protecting such information.
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