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Group 29 called for a coalition with seven colleague NGOs under the name of “the International Coalition for the Rights of the Stateless” (ICRS), to prepare this report to be presented to the Human Rights Council, out of its belief in the role of civil society as a stakeholder in monitoring the implementation of the human rights included in the International conventions and covenants. This report aims at documenting the violations in human rights articles by the state party, highlighting the deficiencies in compliance, with an ultimate goal of full implementation of these human rights.
The coalition dedicates this report to highlight the issue of the stateless people in Kuwait (locally referred to as the Bidoun): a group of an estimated 111,000 people, most of whom lived in Kuwait even before it became an independent state. Until 1986 i -when the famous ministerial document was written- Bidoun were treated as equals to Kuwaitis; however, now they live under extreme restrictions that deprive them from their basic human rights, accusing ALL of them to have hidden their documents, and assuming that they are illegal residents who belong to other neighboring countries. Group 29, has been actively demanding a humane and just solution to their issue, including the human right of a nationality. This report documents the human rights status of the Bidoun in Kuwait, a population that suffered for a prolonged period, and witnessed the extreme violations of their human rights.

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