Con­sti­tu­tion pro­tects child rights: Jar­al­lah

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

KUWAIT: The Saud Nasser Al-Sabah Kuwait Diplo­matic In­sti­tute held a sym­po­sium yes­ter­day on adopt­ing the child rights’ law no. 21/2015, dur­ing which ex­perts from var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions spoke about chil­dren’s rights. Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah, Deputy Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, said the Kuwaiti con­sti­tu­tion en­shrined the rights of chil­dren in its ar­ti­cles 9 and 10, which the law 21/2015 later spec­i­fied.

“Kuwait has rat­i­fied many con­ven­tions on child rights, out of which the most sig­nif­i­cant one is the Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child and its two pro­to­cols, which be­came part of the na­tional law. This law in­cludes 97 ar­ti­cles that pro­vide com­plete pro­tec­tion to chil­dren in all as­pects in­clud­ing health, so­cial ed­u­ca­tion, cul­tural and le­gal, in ad­di­tion to the dis­abled,” Jar­al­lah pointed out.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Kuwait is a lead­ing coun­try in child­care and in adopt­ing child laws. “The con­sti­tu­tion and other laws se­cure the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren to as­sure a suit­able en­vi­ron­ment for their up­bring­ing. Kuwait is de­vel­oped in this field through lo­cal laws and in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions. This sym­po­sium raises so­cial aware­ness about this law,” he said.

Jar­al­lah also spoke about the four Kuwaitis who were freed by Iran this week. “Kuwaiti diplomacy played an es­sen­tial role in re­leas­ing the four who were ar­rested in Iran. The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs worked on this case through its em­bassy in Tehran and the Ira­nian Em­bassy in Kuwait. I would like to thank Iran for its co­op­er­a­tion. It also al­lowed us to meet the ar­rested cit­i­zens and sim­plify the pro­ce­dures of their re­lease,” Jar­al­lah said af­ter the sym­po­sium.

Re­gard­ing se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion of the Russian ambassador, he noted that pro­tec­tion is pro­vided to all diplo­mats. “Kuwait has de­nounced the as­sas­si­na­tion of the Russian ambassador in Ankara. This act is against diplo­matic norms and Is­lamic prin­ci­ples, and is un­ac­cept­able,” Jar­al­lah said.

Many spe­cial­ists spoke dur­ing the sym­po­sium, in­clud­ing Amal Al-Dosari, Deputy of the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee for Child Rights at the United Na­tions, Dr Si­ham Al-Fraih, Head of the Na­tional So­ci­ety for Child Pro­tec­tion, Dr Mona Al-Khawari, Head of the Child Pro­tec­tion De­part­ment at the Min­istry of Health, and Con­sul­tant Dr Adel Al-Failakawi, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Ap­peals Court.

—Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled AlJar­al­lah speaks dur­ing the sym­po­sium.

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