Kuwait: Rising Signs of Despair Among Bidun Highlight Cruelty of Draft Law

New proposed legislation to address the issue of the stateless Bidun community in Kuwait risks entrenching and perpetuating the state’s decades-long pattern of discrimination and marginalization, Amnesty International said today. If passed, the new law would in effect compel the Bidun to abandon their long-standing claim to Kuwaiti nationality in order to safeguard their socioeconomic survival in the short term. The Kuwaiti authorities must ensure a long-overdue humane, sustainable, and comprehensive solution to the plight of the Bidun in a manner that guarantees their rights to access employment and state services, particularly health care and education.

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