Amnesty: Bidun activist blocked from entering Kuwait to visit family

Responding to the news that Mona Kareem, an academic from Kuwait’s stateless Bidun community who has criticized the government’s treatment of the Bidun, was denied entry to Kuwait on the night of 3-4 January when she tried to visit her family there, Amna Guellali, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:

“Kuwait has callously denied entry to a woman who was born and raised in the country and simply wished to visit her family, who cannot visit her abroad because of their own statelessness.

This is a mean, appalling, and pointless act of cruelty that serves no purpose other than to send Kuwait’s Bidun community the message that they are not welcome in their own country. The Kuwaiti authorities must urgently allow Mona to safely visit her family at home, and end their oppression of the Bidun people. Amnesty International, yet again, calls for the Bidun people to be given full citizenship.

Source: Amnesty