We Support the Bidoon (No-Nationality People) Strike and Demand Justice for them and to Stop Terrorizing Them
The Kuwait Society for Human Rights is following with great concern the open hunger strike of the stateless "Bidoon"(No-Nationality People) , which is entering its third week, and it does not seem that there are indications of measures that will be taken urgently to improve and address the humanitarian and legal situation of the stateless and gave them all Rather, it seems that things are heading to terrorize them and remove their tents that they set up in the Sulaibiya area in the Jahra governorate.
The Kuwait Society for Human Rights denounces in the strongest terms the call received by the activist and defender of the rights of the Bedoon (No-Nationality People) community, Muhammad Al-Barghash, from an employee in the Kuwait Municipality, who warned Al-Barghash and his companions to remove the empty bowel tent as it was not licensed, which the society considers an “attempt to terrorize” peaceful claimants for their legitimate rights. Whether the communication is from a municipal employee or a fictitious person, the Ministry of Interior must reveal the source of the communication and treat it as a threat and terrorism, and refer its owner to the competent authority.
The Kuwait Society for Human Rights supports the demands of the Bidoon (No-Nationality People) Kuwaitis and stands by them in their peaceful strike. At the same time, it denounces the official silence towards the demands that they have long called for, especially their rejection of the arbitrary practices taken against them by the Central Apparatus for the Treatment of Illegal Residents’ Affairs, practices that do not It leads to solving the Bidoon (No-Nationality People) problem, or even to its complexity, which is proven by the reality that is worsening every day due to the actions of the device, and this hunger strike is nothing but evidence of the device’s mismanagement of the Bidoon (No-Nationality People) file.
We have received many complaints to the association’s headquarters from Bidoon Kuwaitis, and we regret hearing such complaints in a country described as the Center for Humanitarian Action. Therefore, it is our national duty we demand a permanent solution to the problems faced by Bidoon Kuwaitis through the naturalization of those who have lived in Kuwait for long periods and have a real connection And the state, granting legal personality to all Bidoon without exception, and reversing all decisions taken by the Central Agency for the treatment of illegal residents’ affairs, or decisions taken at the request of the device and restricting Bidoon obstructing their treatment and depriving them of their human rights.
The State of Kuwait has ratified a number of international human rights conventions and covenants, which oblige it to implement the rights contained in these charters on a wide scale, especially with regard to the issue of the situation of the Bedoons (No-Nationality People) in terms of finding a permanent solution to the problems they face, ensuring that everyone has access to appropriate social services, and ensuring that evaluation of applications for Kuwaiti citizenship through justified written decisions that may be appealed, regardless of the government’s justifications that accuse the overwhelming majority of the Bidoon of being undeserving of Kuwaiti citizenship and that they do not have the 1965 census, and that they hid their actual nationalities in order to obtain the advantages that citizens obtain, These justifications are no longer acceptable, and they must be stopped, or the documents that the apparatus claims to possess must be disclosed.
The Kuwait Society for Human Rights, recommending the State of Kuwait to accede to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, and to enable the Bidoon to obtain their full rights and the need to develop a mechanism to process Bidoon (No-Nationality People) nationality requests In accordance with international standards, ensuring the issuance of their legal documents while giving them legal status including recognition of their civil and political rights without any conditions or complications.