Kuwait backs bid to de­ter­mine the des­tiny of miss­ing Syr­i­ans

Stance ex­pressed at UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil meet

Arab Times - - LOCAL/MIDEAST -

GENEVA, Sept 24, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait, ad­dress­ing the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day, backed a rec­om­men­da­tion by the in­ter­na­tional panel for Syria to de­ter­mine des­tiny of de­tainees and miss­ing per­sons.

The Kuwaiti stance was ex­pressed by the per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the UN and In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tions, Am­bas­sador Ja­mal Al-Ghu­naim, ad­dress­ing the coun­cil 45th ses­sion via video.

The panel rec­om­men­da­tion was in line with the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion 2474, he said, call­ing for find­ing ways to com­mu­ni­cate with fam­i­lies of miss­ing per­sons to help them at­tain their rights and over­come psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma. It is also in tan­dem with con­cerns that have been ex­pressed by the State of Kuwait re­gard­ing tragic con­se­quences of the ques­tion of the miss­ing, am­bas­sador Al-Ghu­naim said, not­ing that Kuwait last year adopted an ini­tia­tive for this case within frame­work of the res­o­lu­tions 2474.

Kuwait, which had suf­fered from such trauma, re­it­er­ates the call upon par­ties of the strife in Syria to take nec­es­sary mea­sures and tackle dis­ap­pear­ance of per­sons, search for the miss­ing and se­cure re­turn of re­mains of the de­ceased to fam­i­lies, pros­e­cute those in­volved in crimes against the miss­ing dur­ing the strife, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional laws.

More­over, Kuwait calls anew on the par­ties to se­ri­ously con­sider plight of chil­dren who have been miss­ing amid the armed strife in Syria.

Am­bas­sador Al-Ghu­naim has af­firmed Kuwait’s strong con­dem­na­tion of dan­ger­ous and sys­tem­atic breaches of hu­man rights in­volv­ing the broth­erly Syr­ian peo­ple and calls for end­ing this pro­tracted strife.

The State of Kuwait is deeply con­cerned at on­go­ing ex­plicit breaches of the in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian and le­gal laws of the hu­man rights in the Syr­ian con­flict, namely con­tin­u­ous at­tacks on in­no­cent civil­ians, in­ten­tional and ran­dom at­tacks on civil tar­gets as well as em­ploy­ment of ad­vanced weapons.

All par­ties of the con­flict should abide by in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions that tackle crimes that are tan­ta­mount to the level of crimes against hu­man­ity and war crimes, Am­bas­sador Al-Ghu­naim stated, also call­ing for safe and sus­tain­able per­mit for en­try of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid into the em­bat­tled re­gions.

Medics must be al­lowed to move to ar­eas where they are needed for evac­u­a­tion of ca­su­al­ties, he said, also call­ing for ban­ning sieges of res­i­den­tial re­gions and ab­stain­ing from us­ing hunger as a war tool.

More­over, am­bas­sador Al-Ghu­naim has de­clared the State of Kuwait sup­port for the re­cent ap­peal by the UN sec­re­tary gen­eral to cease fight­ing all over the world to help fa­cil­i­tate de­liv­ery of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to those in need, for sake of open­ing win­dows to re­solve strifes with diplo­macy and cre­at­ing a glim­mer of hope for the weak­est seg­ments of peo­ples, amid the novel coro­n­avirus spread.

Re­gret­fully in Syria, the UN sec­re­tary gen­eral ap­peal has fallen on deaf ears, as the fight­ing has pur­sued threat­en­ing to take lives of large numbers of civil­ians due to spread of the pan­demic af­ter col­lapse of the med­i­cal care sys­tem, he said, also al­lud­ing in this re­spect to dwin­dling numbers of hos­pi­tals and health cen­ters due to armed at­tacks while 70 per­cent of the med­i­cal staff have left the coun­try.

The State of Kuwait, fur­ther­more, calls for fa­cil­i­tat­ing de­liv­ery of hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­plies to the re­lo­cated and the be­sieged with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion, he said, not­ing that the coro­n­avirus pan­demic has added to the hard­ships of the im­pov­er­ished in the em­bat­tled coun­try.

It also calls for max­i­mum at­ten­tion to the plight of the Syr­ian refugees in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries and other re­gions of the world to spare them ad­di­tional pain and hard­ships.

Ob­vi­ously, the es­ti­mated 13 mil­lion dis­placed Syr­i­ans and refugees have been “pay­ing the tax” for height­en­ing in­ter­na­tional and re­gional up­heavals.

This sit­u­a­tion, he con­tin­ued, prompted the State of Kuwait over the past 10 years to shoul­der the hu­man­i­tar­ian re­spon­si­bil­ity in this re­spect, host­ing three con­ven­tions for pledg­ing aid for Syria.

More­over, Kuwait had taken part in two more con­ven­tions that were held later, pledg­ing to help the Syr­i­ans with USD 1.7 bil­lion, Al-Ghu­naim con­tin­ued.

He reaf­firmed Kuwait’s ad­vo­cacy of a peace­ful set­tle­ment to the con­flict, urged the hu­man­i­tar­ian rights coun­cil to act for avert­ing fur­ther hu­man­i­tar­ian de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and co­op­er­ate with the UN en­voy for Syria in this re­gard.

The UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil ses­sion is sched­uled be­tween Septem­ber 14 and Oc­to­ber 2nd.

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