Pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights key to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment: Kuwait

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

NEW YORK: Kuwait’s per­ma­nent mis­sion to the UN af­firmed Mon­day that the ac­tual full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the con­cept of hu­man rights is a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity that should be shoul­dered by all the en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

There is a direct in­ter­re­la­tion be­tween pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights and the re­al­iza­tion of the tar­gets of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, the mis­sion said a state­ment read by Haya Nas­ral­lah Al-Nas­ral­lah, po­lit­i­cal re­searcher, to a UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly meet­ing on the re­port of the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil (UNHRC).

“The level of a na­tion’s progress and wel­fare can be gauged by its re­spect for and com­mit­ment to the prin­ci­ples of hu­man rights,” she said, cit­ing the UN Char­ter which pro­vides for pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights and ba­sic lib­er­ties. Since the en­dorse­ment by the UNHRC of the sec­ond pe­ri­od­i­cal com­pre­hen­sive re­view in last Jan­uary, Kuwait has made great ef­forts to im­ple­ment the out­comes of the re­view, Nas­ral­lah said. The re­view in­cluded 278 rec­om­men­da­tions of which 178 were en­dorsed as they are in tune with the pro­vi­sions of the Kuwaiti con­sti­tu­tion and the Is­lamic Sharia, she said, not­ing that Kuwait was ap­prised of 25 other rec­om­men­da­tions and par­tially backed four oth­ers.

Guided by the Paris Prin­ci­ples on pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights, Kuwait has set up the na­tional hu­man rights di­wan geared to pro­mote the cul­ture of hu­man rights and pub­lic lib­er­ties in the light of the pro­vi­sions of the con­sti­tu­tion and the in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions.

Kuwait backed the UNHRC Res­o­lu­tion 28/20 on the con­tin­u­ing grave de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the hu­man rights and hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in the Syr­ian Arab Repub­lic, and strongly con­demned the wide­spread hu­man rights abuses in Syria and the op­pres­sive poli­cies of the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion forces against the Pales­tinian peo­ple, she went on. The Kuwaiti en­voy re­it­er­ated the call for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to

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shoul­der its re­spon­si­bil­ity for forc­ing Is­rael into meet­ing its obli­ga­tions as an oc­cu­py­ing force un­der the rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional laws, and pro­tect­ing the Pales­tini­ans’ hu­man rights as per the pro­vi­sions of the Fourth Geneva Con­ven­tion of 1949.

It is a great re­spon­si­bil­ity for all coun­tries to con­trib­ute to the pro­mo­tion of hu­man rights in or­der to re­al­ize goals the Post-2015 De­vel­op­ment Agenda, she con­cluded. Th­ese tar­gets of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment for 2015-30 were ap­proved by the world lead­ers, in­clud­ing His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah, in last Septem­ber.

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