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On March 16, 2018, as part of a larger Statelessness Committee of NGOs and academic partners, the Alkarama Foundation participated in a side event organised in the context of the 37th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva to discuss the current situation of statelessness, restrictive nationality laws and the revocation of citizenship in the Gulf.

Geneva, February 16, 2018 -- On February 12, 2018, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, ahead of the upcoming appeal of 67 opposition activists and members of parliament s

On October 5, 2017, Kuwait’s Constitutional Court repealed Law No. 78/2015 on compulsory DNA collection, declaring that some of its provisions contravened the rights to privacy and personal liberty enshrined in articles 30 and 31 of the Kuwaiti Constitution.

According to the Kuwaiti authorities, the law was introduced in August 2015 as a direct response to the deadly terrorist attack on the Imam Sadiq mosque in Kuwait city on June 26, 2015, in which 27 people were killed and more than 200 wounded.

Kuwait
Alkarama Person of contact for country
Julia Legner, Email : j.legner - at - alkarama -dot- org , Twitter : @JuliaLegner
Our concerns
  • Legal framework which severely restricts the right to freedom of opinion and expression used to prosecute dissenting voices including human rights defenders, journalists and political opponents;
  • Unabated discrimination and marginalisation of the Bidoon community.

 

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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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