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On June 18, 2019, Alkarama has submitted its shadow report ahead of Kuwait’s upcoming third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the UN Human Rights Council that is scheduled to take place in January 2020.

(Geneva, July 20, 2018) – Alkarama has requested the urgent intervention of the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression (SRFRDX) and peaceful assembly (SRPAA) in the case of 20 MPs and opposition activists who were handed their final se

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.

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.


Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
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Individual Complaint procedure with the Human Rights committee (ICCPR Optional protocol 1) Ratified ?
Second Optional Protocol of ICCPR (abolition of death penalty) ratified ?
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
National Preventive Mechanism (OPCAT) created ?
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
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Human Rights Council
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