Kuwait committed to rule of law, respect of human rights — Amb.

Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim
Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim

GENEVA, June 22 (KUNA) — The State of Kuwait reaffirmed on Wednesday its commitment to the rule of law and respect for human rights despite the many surrounding security challenges.
This came in a speech delivered by Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim of the State of Kuwait’s 3rd periodical report pertinent to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights before the UN Human Rights Commission.
The ambassador said Kuwait has seen a number of security challenges, including the war against the so-called Islamic state (Daesh) and terrorist threats such as the suicide terrorist attack against a mosque last Ramadan, which left scores of innocent civilians “martyred” and wounded.
He added that the situation in Iraq, the conflict in Yemen, repercussions of the Arab Spring and the spread of the wave of extremism, fanaticism, terrorism and the war in Syria, Libya, Palestine and elsewhere impacted negatively on the State of Kuwait at the national level, however, it managed to confront such challenges through the rule of law and advancing human rights issues.
He affirmed Kuwait’s conviction that the promotion and protection of human rights remains a strategic choice and that its approach to human rights issues is an integrated and comprehensive approach towards economic, social and cultural issues.
He stressed Kuwait’s keenness to benefit from the efforts to consolidate the values of human rights on the ground and takes note of all remarks provided by the UN Human Rights Commission concerning best international practices.
The ambassador added that enactment of Law No. 12 of 1996 approving the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was the result of a firm conviction in its substance, thus, becoming an integral part of the legislative and judicial national system pursuant to Article 70 of the Kuwaiti Constitution that makes international conventions ratified by the state is an integral part of the Kuwaiti national legislation.
He said that the State of Kuwait issued, upon joining the Convention, a reservation to item (B) of Article 25 of the Covenant because it conflicts with the Kuwaiti electoral law which restricted the right of nomination and election to males. It also stated that this paragraph will not apply to the personnel of the armed forces and the police.
He stressed that the State of Kuwait has issued Law No. (67) of 2015 on the establishment of the National Human Rights Diwan as an independent entity designed to promote and protect human rights in an effort to uphold the values of human rights.
The ambassador pointed out that Kuwait has also issued Ministerial Decree No. (55) of 2015 on the creation of the Office for Human Rights in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to act as a link between the international organizations and state institutions as well as to reinforce national efforts in this regard.
He said the regulations governing the functioning of the detention centers ensured a dignified life within the prison, which has received praise from the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
He said that Kuwait has made in recent years legislative steps for the advancement of human rights issues, such as Law No. (42) of 2014 on Environmental Law and Law No. (21) of 2015 regarding the Rights of the Child and the law establishing the General Authority for Food and Nutrition No. (112) for the year 2013 and law No. (68) for the year 2015 on domestic employment. (end) ta.tg