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MoI warns Bedouns against organizing ‘demonstrations’ Ministry vows to resolve their demands for citizenship

 KUWAIT CITY, Jan 10: Kuwait’s Interior Ministry said Tuesday it will not allow bedoun to stage any more demonstrations or hold rallies or sit-ins whatever their nature after having promised to resolve their demands for citizenship, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

“The ministry said in a press statement that it has handled their cases in a proper manner and referred their cases to concerned authorities.

They plan to gather on Friday as they have been doing in the past.
Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah said in remarks published Sunday that Kuwait will start naturalizing some of the stateless people by the end of January or early next month.
However, the rallies were crowned by the concern of the minister who in cooperation with the Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents  and other concerned authorities has pledged to give each person his right according to law.

Agencies add:
It described stateless people as illegal residents, the official term Kuwait uses to identify more than 105,000 stateless people demanding citizenship and other basic rights.

Inspired by the Arab Spring protests, stateless people demonstrated in February and March and then revived their protests last month demanding a fair solution to their plight.
At the outset, riot police used force to disperse the protesters and arrested more than 30 of them but later allowed them to demonstrate peacefully.

The minister gave no details as to the number of Bedouns who will receive citizenship.
But Saleh Al-Fadhalah, who heads the government’s central agency for illegal residents that deals with the stateless, said last month that 34,000 stateless people could qualify for citizenship.
Kuwait has long alleged that Bedouns or their ancestors destroyed their original passports to claim the right to Kuwaiti citizenship in order to gain access to the services and generous benefits provided to nationals.

In a bid to force the Bedouns to produce original nationality papers, Kuwait has refused to issue essential documents to most of them, including birth, marriage and death certificates, Human Rights Watch said last June.
 

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