Queries for­warded over Hu­man Rights

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Saeed Mah­moud Saleh Arab Times Staff and Agen­cies

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24: MP Muham­mad Hu­sain Al-Dal­lal has for­warded queries to Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Min­is­ter of In­te­rior and State Min­is­ter for Cab­i­net Af­fairs Anas Al-Saleh about the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Na­tional Di­wan for Hu­man Rights since the ap­point­ment of its cur­rent board of di­rec­tors.

He wants to know if the Di­wan has sub­mit­ted re­ports on hu­man rights cases in the coun­try, if it asked the con­cerned min­is­ter about any special or ex­tra ad­min­is­tra­tive or fi­nan­cial de­mands and the re­ply of the min­is­ter, if it re­ceived hu­man rights re­lated com­plaints from cit­i­zens and ex­pa­tri­ates, mech­a­nism for re­ceiv­ing and deal­ing with the com­plaints if any, and sta­tis­tics in this re­gard.

He also re­quested for copies of the bud­gets of the Di­wan for fis­cals 2018/2019 and 2019/2020, de­tails of an­nual ex­pen­di­tures.

He said Ar­ti­cle Nine of the law on es­tab­lish­ing the Di­wan stip­u­lates the for­ma­tion of per­ma­nent com­mit­tees in charge of var­i­ous tasks; so he in­quired about the num­ber of such com­mit­tees, names of mem­bers, tasks and ac­com­plish­ments.

Lastly, he asked about the rea­son be­hind the non-al­lo­ca­tion of a site for the Di­wan.

Mean­while, MP Riyadh Al-Adasani said Moody’s down­graded the credit clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Kuwait from AA to A1; as­sert­ing this is a con­fir­ma­tion that he was right when he grilled Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Bar­rak Al-Shee­tan on the ab­sence of a clear fi­nan­cial plan.

He cited fac­tors which led to the down­graded credit clas­si­fi­ca­tion such as the re­duc­tion of cash, in­crease of se­cu­ri­ties in Eu­ros and the in­creas­ing in­ter­ests. He pointed out that he pre­sented so­lu­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions to min­i­mize ex­pen­di­tures and aug­ment the public re­serve through the col­lec­tion of rev­enues re­tained by some public in­sti­tu­tions and ex­change as­sets of the Public Re­serve Fund with cash from the Fu­ture Gen­er­a­tions Fund but his rec­om­men­da­tions were ig­nored.

He added S&P also down­graded the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Kuwait to AA-, stress­ing that this is the re­sult of ig­nor­ing warn­ings about the de­lay in rec­ti­fy­ing mistakes since March 2020.

In an­other devel­op­ment, a num­ber of MPs com­mented on the meet­ings of HH Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah with sev­eral public fig­ures.

MP Saleh Al-Ashour said these meet­ings should in­clude all com­po­nents of the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety, stress­ing that any ini­tia­tive to­wards na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion will not be con­sid­ered un­less it in­cludes those con­victed in the Ab­dally Cell law­suit and oth­ers. He as­serted any re­form doc­u­ment should not su­per­sede con­sti­tu­tional in­sti­tu­tions in gen­eral, and the Par­lia­ment in par­tic­u­lar, con­sid­er­ing the lat­ter is a leg­isla­tive and mon­i­tor­ing au­thor­ity.

MP Ahmed Al-Fadl claimed the na­tional doc­u­ment sub­mit­ted by Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence Pro­fes­sor Dr Ab­dul­lah Al Ne­faissi and Law Pro­fes­sor Dr Obaid Al-Wassmi – a for­mer MP – con­tains a crude in­tro­duc­tion and wrong so­lu­tions.


KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has drawn up a roadmap for fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic re­forms in a bid to up­grade the coun­try’s sov­er­eign credit rat­ing, a min­is­ter said on Thurs­day.

Kuwait’s Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment, in con­junc­tion with other state bod­ies in­clud­ing the fi­nance min­istry and the cen­tral bank, has been tasked with form­ing this plan, Min­is­ter of State for Eco­nomic Af­fairs Mariam AlAqeel said in a state­ment.

A vi­tal com­po­nent of the plan is proper leg­is­la­tion en­sur­ing that such re­forms are sus­tain­able and ef­fec­tive, said the min­is­ter, who em­pha­sized that a bet­ter sov­er­eign rat­ing for a coun­try “in­vari­ably means greater in­vest­ment and lower bor­row­ing costs”.

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Min­istry of Awqaf and Is­lamic Af­fairs are ex­e­cut­ing a project aimed at treat­ing wa­ter used for ablu­tion in mosques to wa­ter plants in Mubarakiya mar­kets area.

A small treat­ment cham­ber has been in­stalled to treat and pu­rify ablu­tion wa­ter for the wa­ter­ing of plants in Mubarakiya mar­kets area, Ah­mad Al-Ha­jri, Di­rec­tor of Con­struc­tions at the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, said in a state­ment.

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