6 March 2011
MP Musallam Al-Barrak revealed the committee will meet again next Sunday to prepare a draft bill on the issue to end the sufferings of Bedouns. He believes the recent demonstrations organized by Bedouns did not target the country, as it was merely an expression of the frustration of this group after several years of demanding their rights.
“The government is currently studying the possibility of granting citizenship to some Bedouns, such as the senior employees at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) (DG note - why put that first - should be at the end of the list), martyrs, those who participated in the national and liberation wars, those who hold high academic certificates, children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis, and children of the naturalized Kuwaitis,” Al-Barrak added.
Moreover, MP Askar Al-Enezi called on Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hamoud to grant citizenship to non-Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaitis, in accordance with Article 8 of the Citizenship Law.
He pointed out this is a humanitarian issue which, once resolved, will ease the burden of the Kuwaiti families. He argued most of these women came from Gulf countries and others are Bedouns, so there is no risk in granting them citizenship.
Sources revealed the short-listed Bedoun military personnel met all the conditions, such as participation in Arab wars and meritorious service to the nation. Sources said the wives and children of these Bedouns will also be granted citizenship. Sources confirmed the ministry is now waiting for the final decision of the Cabinet, which they expect to be issued soon because the government is keen on granting citizenship to the Bedoun military personnel.
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Ok, so I will believe it when I see it (hopefully, it isn't just hachi el fathi), but at least it is in the news and getting recognition now.