A member of the Board of Directors of the National Human Rights Bureau and Chairman of the Complaints and Grievances Committee, Lawyer Ali Al-Baghli, called for respect for the values of our tolerant religion, respect for human rights, state laws, and international treaties that have been ratified and become part of its legal system, against the background of decisions taken by some consumer cooperative societies against Hindu workers in Kuwait, because they refused to employ this category under the pretext of victory for the Muslims of India due to the religious congestion there.

Al-Baghli added that Article 29 of the Kuwaiti constitution stipulates that “people are equal in human dignity, and they are equal before the law in public rights and duties, and there is no discrimination between them in this because of gender, origin, language or religion,” reports Al-Anba daily.

He went on to say also, Article 2 of Part Two of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which has been ratified by Kuwait and promulgated by Law No. (12) of 1996, states that:

Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect the rights recognized therein, and to guarantee these rights to all individuals within its territory and within its jurisdiction, without any distinction as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, or political or other opinion; or national or social origin, wealth, lineage, or other reasons.

He added that Decree Law No. 24 of 1979 regarding cooperative societies, as amended by Law 118 of 2013, stipulates in its first and second articles the definition of a cooperative society and its function, which cannot in any way go beyond cooperative work to harm human rights, international covenants, and the constitution of Kuwait.

Al-Baghli called on the Minister of Social Affairs and Community Development and the President of the Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies to resort to the laws of the state that provide for justice, preserve human rights and prevent harm to the interests of individuals for the actions of others.

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