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Status of 2,000 Burmese corrected

JEDDAH: The Personal Status Court in Jeddah has over the past two years rectified the status of 2,000 Burmese, which includes issuing them with proper residency documents that gives them access to state health and education facilities.
The process started in 2012 with courts in Makkah and Jeddah involved, with the aid of 20 committees set up for this purpose. In 2014, 1,645 cases were finalized and proof of marriages provided, a local publication reported recently. According to a record from the Personal Status Court, from April to May this year the status of 470 people was finalized.
Sources were quoted as saying that some cases still have to be finalized, with applicants required to produce proof. Justice Minister Waleed Al-Samaani has appointed four top judges and 39 employees to oversee the applications of Burmese nationals.
Saad bin Nasser Al-Suweigh, head of the Personal Status Court in Jeddah, said the court was keen to implement the orders of the Ministry of Justice, the report in a local publication said.

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