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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Saudi Arabia (CRC 25-10-2016)
The Committee considered the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Saudi Arabia (CRC/C/SAU/3-4) at its 2144th and 2145th meetings (see CRC/C/SR.2144 and 2145), held on 20 and 21 September 2016, and adopted the present concluding observations at its 2160th meeting, held on 30 September 2016.
C. General principles (arts. 2, 3, 6 and 12)
17. The Committee remains concerned that children of Saudi mothers and non-Saudi fathers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children, children with disabilities, children born out of wedlock, children of migrant workers and children belonging to Shia and other religious minorities remain subjected to persistent discrimination in the State party. Children belonging to religious and atheistic minorities, especially children belonging to the Shia community, continue to be discriminated against in various areas, notably with respect to access to school and justice and in the case of compensation for death or injury.
18. The Committee urges the State party to adopt a proactive and comprehensive strategy to eliminate de jure and de facto discrimination on any grounds against all the above-mentioned groups of children in marginalized or disadvantaged situations.