By: Steve Dellar | 10-26-2018 | News
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British Government Apology Over Secret DNA Test Sent To Immigrants

The British government was forced to issue a groveling apology after it emerged it had forced at least 449 people, mostly relatives of Gurkhas and Afghan nationals employed by the UK government in foreign wars, to provide DNA samples in order to prove they were indeed related to the original military personnel.

Home Secretary Mr Sajid Javid stated in the House of Commons that the former testing was "unacceptable" and guidance was "unclear or wrong."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Another Home Office hostile environment scandal as Tories issue a grovelling apology for wrongly forcing scores of Gurkha and Afghan relatives of people who worked for the British armed forces to take illegal DNA tests <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; liane gomersall (@ligomersall) <a href="">October 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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It comes as a sad reminder of the time when current Prime Minister Theresa May worked as Home Secretary herself and the tests were carried out as from 2013 for Afghan nationals employed by the UK government.

An internal review launched by the Home Office saw officials admitting that it had wrongly forced immigrants to take DNA tests.

Mr Javid stated: "I want to take this opportunity to apologise to those affected by this practice. The provision of DNA evidence should always be voluntary and never mandatory."

"I am determined to get to the bottom of how and why, in some cases, people were compelled to provide DNA in the first place," he told MPs.

"Across our immigration system, no-one should face a demand to supply DNA evidence and no-one should have been penalised for not providing it."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Home Office apologises for illegally forcing the children of Gurkhas to hand over their DNA <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Siglov Freudivan (@DerangedRadio) <a href="">October 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The case was followed with great interest in the UK’s former colony India where relatives of 51 Gurkha soldiers (Nepalese nationals who had served in the British Army for around 200 years) were asked to provide DNA.

Meanwhile, the UK's biggest opposition Labour Party called for a wider investigation, with shadow home secretary Ms Diane Abbott stating: "Members across the House will no doubt be shocked to learn that amongst the very first victims of his abuse were Gurkhas and Afghans, men and women who put their lives at risk to keep us safe."


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Anonymous No. 40474 2018-10-26 : 09:33

DNA is a great way to avoid hiring Taliban relatives as your base security guards.

An to avoid having such people being allowed in the Afghan Army that pose a risk of being a 5th column and etc.

Anonymous No. 40505 2018-10-26 : 18:29

the elites are hungry

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