ADHRB Submits Information on Statelessness in Bahrain to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

On 21 January 2019, Bahrain was examined by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, concerning its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Bahrain is a party. Bahrain’s most recent review of these obligations was in 2010/2011. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) submitted a shadow report to the Committee with the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, sent in March 2018.

The focus of ADHRB and the Institute’s report was on Articles 7 and 8 of the Convention, which relate to the rights of the child to acquire and to preserve his or her nationality, without interference from the State. The shadow report included information on statelessness in the Bidoon and Ajam communities, discrimination against women in nationality legislation, and the discriminatory and arbitrary deprivation of nationality which, coupled with discrimination against mothers, results in children being born stateless. Since 2012, Bahrain has denaturalized more than 800 individuals.

You can view the submission here.