Group 29’s Report: Observing and Documenting the Violations Of Bedoon Children’s Rights

Group 29 – summary of report: We believe in the responsibility of civil society organizations in the delivery of victims’ voices and the promotion of the human culture and raising the legal awareness of humanitarian issues. Group29’s objectives emanate from its conviction in the important role of civil society and its ability to influence and effect change towards a more potent and legitimate constitutional and democratic oversight of government practices to detect deficiencies in the implementation of international agreements and urge to implement them effectively and completely. It also contributes by documenting the progress or failure of government in the fulfillment of its obligations to the

provisions of the agreements it ratified, and by research, monitoring, and making recommendations for the protection of human rights and the alleviation of human suffering.

Group29 provides this field report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child as an alternative report from Kuwait. The report aims to observe and document the cases of stateless children rights’ violations in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of
the Child which Kuwait ratified.

This report was prepared in the period between June 10 and July 10 2012, using the approach of field visits and personal interviews, photos, and official documents. Researchers investigated many cases and documented in this report twenty five of them, noting that the names contained in the report are pseudonyms; the researchers chose not to disclose their identities in the interest of their safety and privacy.

The report is divided into three chapters. The first chapter summarizes the historical emergence of the issue of the stateless (Bidoun), while the second chapter is the main body of the report that delineates all cases observed of stateless children rights’ violations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is divided into five sections: the right to identity, the right of expression and peaceful assembly, the right to health care, the right of disabled children, the right to education, and the right to social security and protection from economic exploitation. The final chapter contains the results and recommendations.

– Read full report here

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