After a contributor joined A Better People and wrote A stateless encounter with state terror (http://abetterpeople.com/profiles/blogs/a-stateless-encounter-with-terror) I was reminded of the reading I had done in the past about the Bedoon people.
They live within Kuwait, but are considered Stateless, without basic rights or freedoms. They are not even considered second class citizens, often treated no better than that annoying insect you seek to swat as it lands near you.
This article refers to two key documents that I would encourage you to read:
■Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Refugees International, open letter to the Emir of Kuwait http://www.amnesty.org/ar/library/asset/MDE17/004/2012/ar/3af3f362-8b3f-4589-8138-0fdff4c4b417/mde170042012en.pdf
■Group 29, Report Observing and Documenting the Violations Of Stateless (Bidoun) Children’s Rights Website and http://group29q8.org/?p=606
These organizations document a clear pattern of inhumane treatment, of human rights violations, that would move anyone to action.
I want, we want, the Stateless of Kuwait to be given citizenship. To share in the rights, and the responsibilities, of their neighbors. Nothing more. Nothing less.
All I ask is:
■That you read these documents and check out the original article that I link to above.
■Share this information with your friends, both online and offline.
■Call and write your politicians and ask them to stand up and say enough is enough.
I started #FreeStatelessInKuwait because I believe that you can only change the world if you set aside your fears and first, and most importantly, simply try to change it. If we all come together and stand up for what is right, we can create a better world for all.
Demand freedom. Demand Equality. Live as one, Live in Peace. #FreeStatelessInKuwait