Kuwait: Bedoon rights defenders end their hunger strike

26.04.22

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) welcomes the news that defenders of the rights of the Bedoon community in Kuwait ended their two-week hunger strike after it had achieved its desired goals. The hunger strikers announced their news on the evening of 14 April 2022, in a press conference.

Human rights defender Mohammed Al-Barghash, a spokesman for the hunger strikers, told GCHR the following, "The strike was suspended after it achieved its goals and succeeded in shedding light on the tragedy of the Bedoon community in Kuwait and depriving them of their civil and human rights for decades, including the right of full citizenship in their homeland, Kuwait." He added, "There was also an agreement between the strikers who defend the rights of the Bedoon community and the various Kuwaiti political forces to hold an inclusive national conference to address the issue of the Bedoon citizens deprived of Kuwaiti citizenship in order to develop appropriate solutions to all their problems." Al-Barghash stressed, "The suspension of the strike does not prevent us from returning to it if we find that the political forces are not serious about their promise to us, and the Kuwaiti government continues to ignore our demands."

On 28 March 2022, six defenders of the rights of the Bedoon community in Kuwait began an open-ended hunger strike in the Sulaibiya area opposite the Sulaibiya police station, an area inhabited by a large number of Bedoon citizens. For more information, see: https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2986

Once again GCHR declares its full solidarity with the Bedoon human rights activists who ended their hunger strike, and calls on the government of Kuwait to immediately stop its systematic discriminatory policies, and expedite the solution to the problems of the Bedoon community by immediately granting them their human and civil rights as full citizens in Kuwait.