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Vulnerable groups constantly hurt by regional wars
September 15, 2016, 8:35 am

Kuwait ambassador to the United Nations voices concern over Syria, Yemen and Palestine

Kuwait on Wednesday expressed its concern about the situation in the Middle East due to the continuation of wars and armed conflicts that are “destroying everything”.

Addressing the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, Jamal Al Ghunaim, said vulnerable groups are exposed to violations and the consequent displacement, thus, becoming the first victims.

“It is regrettable in this regard that we are seeing a significant decline of the concerns of the international community towards the peace process in the Middle East, thus, exacerbating the complexity of the situation and doubling the consequences that contributed to the continuing threat to security and stability of our region, and all of this was due to the failure by the international community to have Israel bear accountability for its crimes,” he said as he commented on the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on human rights in the world.

Al Ghunaim expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation and opposition to the continuation of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and its clear violations against the unarmed Palestinian people, flouting the international law, international humanitarian law and the Human Rights Council and its decisions, Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) reported.

The ambassador said Kuwait shared the concern of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights about the situation in Syria, pointing out that Kuwait felt the pain of the distressed Syrian people over the serious violations of their fundamental rights and freedoms.

He added that Kuwait strongly condemned all military actions that took place without regard to the fate of civilians, and without taking into account the civil nature of health and educational institutions.

Al Ghunaim renewed Kuwait’s demand for all parties to respect the agreement on the cessation of hostilities and its calls for facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid and relief agencies to all areas.

The ambassador said that Kuwait, in the face of the largest humanitarian disaster facing Syrians in Syria, assumed a pioneering role through the organisation and hosting of the three donor conferences to support the humanitarian situation there and co-chairing with Britain, Germany and Norway the Fourth Conference held in London.

Al Ghunaim reiterated Kuwait’s support to achieve security and stability in Yemen, praising the achievements of the National Commission of Inquiry that submitted its report, emphasising his country’s keen interest in supporting the Yemeni National Committee in its tasks and endeavours.

The Kuwaiti ambassador pointed to the large positive cooperation extended by Bahrain in its efforts to promote human rights which requires encouragement and praise, Kuna reported.

“The model presented by the Kingdom of Bahrain in dealing with human rights dossier deserves all the respect and appreciation which must be matched by issuing encouraging signs,” he said.

“The State of Kuwait, in light of the difficult conditions resulting from conflicts in our region, supports all efforts to embrace tolerance and to inculcate a culture of peace so as to promote human rights and equality of all stemming from the Arab-Islamic culture.”

Al Ghunaim stressed that Kuwait condemned terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms and whatever its motives or justifications.

Source: Gulf News


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