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Nationality call for kids of women wedded to expats

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22: Several members of the Parliament have reiterated their support for the proposed naturalization of children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis.

The MPs regard the conditions set for naturalization of these children, such as divorce or death of the non-Kuwaiti father, as inhumane and unconstitutional.

This came despite the government’s assertions that the file concerning the naturalization of these children has no new development, although many are looking forward to the meeting of the Interior and Defense Affairs Committee with Chairman of Central System for Remedying Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR) Saleh Al-Fadhala.

Some MPs have affirmed that the conditions set for the naturalization of these children contribute to disjunction of families, which is against Article Nine of the Constitution asserting the family is the cornerstone of society.

Therefore, the MPs emphasized the importance of amending the law in a manner that corresponds with constitutional articles and covers the basic needs of families, disclosing the Parliament is inclining towards adopting suggestions in this regard.

Commenting on the issue, Rapporteur of the Human Rights Committee MP Askar Al-Enezi encouraged Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled to immediately alleviate the suffering of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis through the naturalization of their children, especially those whose files are ready for naturalization among the children of divorcees and widows.

Al-Enezi explained the naturalization should be done in line with other Kuwaiti women who received the same right, indicating there has been delay for a long time because of the current mechanism which stopped the naturalization process for this category in 2004 and then commenced in a very slow pace.

By AbdulRahman Al-Shimmari
Al-Seyassah Staff

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