Cit­i­zen­ship el­i­gi­bil­ity for chil­dren of Saudi women

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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.

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