Parliamentary rights committee tackles issues tied to Bedouns

KUWAIT CITY, March 8: The parliamentary Human Rights Committee on Thursday discussed issues concerning Bedouns, such as security restrictions and forged passports, in the presence of representatives from the Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR). During the meeting, the committee decided to establish a hotline between the agency and the committee to discuss complaints from Bedouns.

Committee Chairman MP Dr Adel Al-Damkhi disclosed the CSRSIR team promised to provide the committee with all data related to Bedouns. He affirmed the political leadership is keen on solving the problems of Bedouns, citing humanitarian solutions like granting health insurance card until the status of this category is modified.

Talking about the Bedoun who tried to commit suicide by burning himself, Al-Damkhi said the committee will invite all concerned parties during the investigation as per the directive of the National Assembly. He added the CSRSIR told the committee that 90 percent of the files of Bedouns who are eligible for naturalization are ready.

Meanwhile, MP Majed Al-Mutairi commended the decision to allow the sons of Bedoun military personnel to join the Kuwaiti Army. He hopes for amendment of some conditions like increasing the age requirement to 40 years old to accommodate more of those who want to continue what their fathers and grandparents started in defending the homeland and to cover the manpower needs of the military. He pointed out the decision opens an important door for providing employment opportunities to this group, benefiting from their experience, and easing their burdens.

On the other hand, the Health, Social and Labor Affairs Committee on Thursday tackled the proposal to amend law number 114/2014 on health insurance for retirees in the presence of Health Minister Dr Bassil Al-Hamoud, Director General of the Public Institution for Social Security Hamad Al- Humaidhi and representatives of other concerned authorities. Committee Chairman MP Hamoud Al-Khudair revealed some MPs suggested that the law should also apply to housewives and widows.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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