State department pays a visit to Kuwait for Bedoon

Stateless Arabs, locally known as bidoons, take part in a demonstration in demand of the Kuwaiti citizenship and basic rights, in Jahra, 50 kms (31 miles) northwest of Kuwait City, on October 2, 2013. Bidoons were born and raised in Kuwait and claim they have the right to Kuwaiti citizenship, but the government says only 34,000 of a total of over 106,000 qualify for consideration, while the rest hold other nationalities. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

After the pledges made by Clinton last December to work on resolving statelessness, Al-Alan online newspaper reported that a group from state department will be visiting Kuwait to discuss the case of Bedoon. The community drew much attention to their status after protesting over the past year since February the 18th. Many arrests were conducted, and over 60 protesters and activists are still in detention. Tens went on trials as the public prosecutor accused them of violating laws stating only citizens are allowed to protest. Kuwaiti advocates tried to show solidarity by protesting without any Bedoon on their side as they were blocked by security from joining protests.

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