Kuwait Times, September 23, 2012
Al-Fadhalah in London to refute bedoon allegations
KUWAIT: The head of a Kuwaiti agency that works towards finding a solution for the problem of stateless residents (biased?), headed recently to the United Kingdom to discuss the issue of the ‘bedoons,’ who are reportedly demanding citizenship after having earlier left Kuwait to go to Europe. “After the UK asked Kuwaiti authorities about individuals, who were seeking asylum in Europe on the basis of a claim that they had been kicked out of Kuwait, the head of the Central Agency for Illegal Residents, Saleh Al-Fadhalah departed for London with documents that prove that these individuals are not Kuwaiti nationals and are not entitled to the country’s citizenship,” sources with knowledge of the case stated. Meanwhile, other anonymous sources indicated that Al-Fadhalah also discussed with British officials about setting up “a joint mechanism through which London can differentiate between genuine Kuwaiti immigrants and bedoons, who are wrongfully claiming to have been denied citizenship by Kuwait.”
By A Saleh, Staff Writer
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I would love to be a fly on the wall in the UK at the meeting. What ARE these “documents”? Why didn’t the authorities bring them out before?
Right, so all of a sudden, the authorities know for sure there Bedoon come from? Why not make it known while they are still in Kuwait – when the Bedoon don’t have to risk anything/everything so they can to get granted nationality/political asylum from another country where they will have human rights? Kuwait has done DNA tests – they know who is related to whom in Kuwait. SETTLE the matter once and for all before further embarrassing the country in front of the world.
I don’t understand this statement: “…setting up “a joint mechanism through which London can differentiate between genuine Kuwaiti immigrants and bedoons, who are wrongfully claiming to have been denied citizenship by Kuwait.” If they are still bedoon that means that they haven’t been granted citizenship of Kuwait – nor ANY other country in the world. They wouldn’t be bedoon (no nationality) if they had. Obviously, Kuwaitis have Kuwaiti passports, right? Or hey - maybe the UK authorities should ask for the DNA results from Kuwait.
So UK: What happens to these people when they are returned to Kuwait? THAT should be the question. Will they be placed in a deportation center?