Despite the government’s many promises and repeated recommendations by international mechanisms, in particular the United Nations mechanisms, successive governments have failed to guarantee the full civil and human rights of the Bedoon community in Kuwait. According to civil society estimates, there are 150,000 Bedoon citizens in Kuwait out of a total population of approximately 4.3 million people.
On 16 January 2022, human rights defenders and a large number of citizens in Kuwait launched the following hashtag to express their full solidarity with the Bedoon community in Kuwait:
On 09 September 2021, Marzouq Al-Ghanim, Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, resubmitted a legislative proposal regarding the Bedoon citizens, which he had previously presented in the 2016 Assembly. This law fails to provide humanitarian solutions for anyone from the Bedoon community seeking to assert their basic rights, including the rights to education and health. Instead, it forces them to submit documents confirming that they have a foreign nationality. Furthermore, the law stipulates that anyone who refuses to comply will be considered to have violated the Residency Law and will also be denied access to Kuwaiti nationality. This law is a flagrant violation of all human rights law and treaties and perpetuates discrimination among citizens. Human rights activists have aptly called it a “bargaining law” on the inalienable rights of Bedoon citizens.
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls on the government of Kuwait to immediately cease its systematic discriminatory policy, and to expedite a solution to the problems of the Bedoon community by immediately granting them their human and civil rights as full citizens of Kuwait.
Source: Gulf Center of Human Rights