17. The Committee reiterates its previous recommendations (CRC/C/BHR/CO/2-3, para. 31) and recommends that the State party:
(a) Review, as a matter of priority, its legislation and practices, with a view to prohibiting all forms of discrimination, adequately sanctioning perpetrators and providing child victims of discrimination with effective and appropriate remedies;
(b) Strengthen the effectiveness of its social protection system for all children in disadvantaged or vulnerable situations, without discrimination;
(c) Conduct comprehensive public education and awareness-raising programmes, including campaigns, to combat and prevent discrimination against girls, children with disabilities, Baharna and Ajam children and children born to foreign or stateless fathers.
22. Taking note of target 16.9 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) Expeditiously amend its Citizenship Act to ensure the right to a nationality for all children of Bahraini women married to non-Bahraini men, to establish safeguards to prevent children from being stateless and to ensure that the citizenship of such children is not revoked;
(b) Collect data on stateless children, disaggregated by, inter alia, sex, age, national and ethnic origin, and minority or socioeconomic status, and provide information on this issue in its next report;
(c) Guarantee the right to acquire Bahraini citizenship for all children currently residing in the State party who would otherwise be stateless, regardless of their own, or their parents’, legal status;
(d) Consider ratifying the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness;
(e) Seek technical assistance from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), among others, for the implementation of these recommendations.