Kuwait’s cabinet approves the discriminatory 3 colored IDs system

Last March, Bedoon rights and many Bedoon advocates have been warning of the new policy passed by the discriminatory governmental establishment “The Central agency of Illegal residents.” Al-Fidhala, head of the Central Agency, said that the Bedoon will be getting ‘chipped IDs’ that will grant them mobility around the GCC countries. Then, Al-Anbaa newspaper stated last March that those IDs will be made in 3 different colors: Red for those who do not ‘qualify’ for citizenship and have ‘security holds’, green for those who MIGHT get naturalized, and yellow for those who HAVE TO change their status by getting documents from another country and will thus be granted 5 renewable years of residency. This strategy concentrates on categorizing Bedoon and weakening the movement by promising a group over another and creating this illusion of who deserves to be a citizen and who does not.

Yesterday, the 24th of September, Kuwait’s cabinet (without the say of the parliament, which has been frozen) decided to approve this discriminatory policy. The cabinet claimed in its statement that this will make it easy for Bedoon to get social services and be in the system when in reality this is only a way to force the Bedoon into giving away their right to citizenship by obtaining those IDs that automatically decides who is eligible for naturalization and who is not.

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