Fair solution to problem of stateless community

The parliament, which is now in recess, could hold a special session before its scheduled opening in October to discuss and pass relevant legislation on a bill that the government is working aimed at finding a “radical and fair” solution to the decades-old problem of the stateless community, said National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem.

The problem of stateless minority in Kuwait, also referred to as the Bedouin, now estimated to number around 100,000 has been festering in the background since the time of the country’s independence in 1961. The issue, which impacts the sensitive topic on Kuwaiti citizenship, has raised human rights concerns and is a major factor that attracts support for some opposition groups in parliament.

Earlier this month, there were reports of some members of the bedouin community protesting in public, following the suicide of stateless person allegedly from despondency over his social status.

“There are several behind-the-door discussions and consultations within the government, between parliament members, and with other concerned parties to resolve the issue. These talks have so far not been made public so as to increase their chances of success,” said Speaker

“The solution will not affect the national identity and will take into consideration the humanitarian aspects of the illegal residents,” he added, using the official reference for bedouin residents.