Protection of human rights key to sustainable development: Kuwait
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
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.