Citizenship eligibility for children of Saudi women
A report published by the Ministry of Justice in 2013 indicated that 700,000 Saudi women are married to foreigners, in other words, 10% of Saudi women. We live in a society where we should all have equal rights and duties. We should reject discrimination and sexism, particularly when it touches people’s rights. It is every woman’s right to have her rights protected. The right to pass on Saudi citizenship to their children is one of the most basic rights of all, at a time when being deprived of such a right could have negative implications on the community, particularly as many of these marriages were approved by official bodies. Not to mention that in most countries, including the Arab world, a woman’s children automatically obtain her citizenry. Indeed, some countries give the right to nationality to every child born on their soil. This issue has taken too long to resolve. We stand before an urgent issue that must be dealt with quickly. Today there is a move to address this national and humanitarian issue in the Shura Council after a few members submitted a draft resolution to amend Saudi citizenship law to allow Saudi women married to foreigners to pass on Saudi citizenship to their children.