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Kuwait condemns human rights, international law violations
November 3, 2018, 6:07 pm
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Kuwait has strongly reiterated its condemnation of all violations of human rights and international law by all parties to conflicts in various regions of the world.

Speaking during a session on the discussion of the Human Rights Report in the United Nations General Assembly, member of Kuwait’s permanent delegation to the UN, Munira Al-Duaij Al-Sabah stressed Kuwait's strong condemnation of attacks that targeted civilians in addition to hostilities, child recruitment, sexual and ethnic violence, murder and mutilation.

However, she added that while Kuwait encourages constructive partnerships for the maintenance of human rights, the country categorically rejected attempts to impose any principles on sovereign states under the guise of human rights-related concerns.

She stressed that all human rights are universal, indivisible and interrelated. Reiterating this thought, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for the UN to be a place for scrutiny and for justice, as it was critical in the fight against racism, extreme poverty and abuses of corporate power. “We need to stand together to defend a strong human rights framework composed of both cooperation and criticism as the best protection of the weak against the powerful, be they nations or individuals,” she said.

Reflecting on a proposed Chinese resolution on 'mutually beneficial cooperation', at the UN in May of this year, Ms. Pillay lamented, “When I look at the course of events at the United Nations Human Rights Council now, I see national sovereignty being unambiguously asserted, and human rights violations and their victims swept under the rug.

“The ‘mutually beneficial’ cooperation, which China is seeking to advance as a key tenet of the international human rights framework, hardly mentions human rights, or rightsholders, at all. Through its resolution, China seeks to downplay the need for scrutiny of the world’s worst human rights violators, and to emphasize questionable cooperation and empty dialogue instead.

“At the national level, such forms of cooperation can lead to exclusion, xenophobia, outsourcing and palm-greasing that displace communities, poison lands, and hollow out governance structures. At the international level, states can cooperate to ignore or even perpetuate the underlying structures of poverty, inequality and patriarchy that create a class of disempowered individuals, vulnerable to human rights violations.

“In my six years as High Commissioner, I became familiar with the immense repression faced by human rights defenders, religious and ethnic minority communities, and indeed anyone in China who dared to speak out and stand up peacefully for what they believed in.  

“It is my sincere hope that all countries, and especially those whose peoples have made significant sacrifices to uphold the values of the Universal Declaration in their fight against colonialism and injustice, will stand up to this effort. We have invested, time and again, personally and politically, in efforts to ensure that sustainable development and international peace have human dignity at their very centre. I can’t help but worry that in China’s version of ‘win-win,’ we may all have something to lose,” she concluded.

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