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‘Criminalize abuse of religions’ Act against policy of Israelis: Kuwait

GENEVA, Sept 24, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait, before the UN Human Rights Council, criticized the international community on Monday for its inability to compel Israel abide by United Nations resolutions.
The advisor of the permanent Kuwaiti delegation at the United Nations in Geneve, Saud Haddad Al-Saeedi, called in an address to a council session on human rights in Palestine and the occupied Arab territories, on the international community to shoulder the responsibility, to question Israel about its recurring violations, its failure to abide by international laws and Geneva accords.
He affirmed “the necessity of respecting the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” noting that comprehensive peace in the region would only be attained with Israel’s full withdrawal from the occupied Arab and Palestinian territories including the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and parts of southern Lebanon.
Al-Saeedi, speaking on behalf of the State of Kuwait, stressed the necessity of resolving the question of the Palestinian refugees, establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the Arab peace initiative.
He re-affirmed Kuwait’s denunciation of recurring and systematic Israeli breaches of human rights and international laws.
Up to 4,500 Palestinians, including 210 children, have remained behind bars languishing in Israeli jails and cells, he said, touching on continuing hardships of the Palestinian people, also calling for lifting the Israeli siege on Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, on behalf of Arab and Islamic countries, the State of Kuwait demanded Switzerland take action and support efforts at the United Nations to criminalize defamation of prophets and religions, after repeated acts of offense against the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Islam without much repercussion or punishment.
This came during a meeting Monday morning which gathered the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Switzerland and dean of the diplomatic corps in the country Dr Suhail Khalil Shehaibar and the Saudi Ambassador and dean of the Islamic countries group Hazim Karktli, among other diplomats, with Switzerland’s Assistant Secretary for the Middle East and North Africa Amadeus Brulhart.
“In our discussions with our host, we stressed that in a world which champions individual and civilian rights, first and foremost freedom of expression and of religious belief, we have no deterrents to defamation of religious figures and religions or protection against insulting religious sensitivities and sentiment.
“This is why, day after day, we see people making light of abusing prophets and faiths without any fear of consequence, we explained,” said the ambassador.
“We accordingly demanded more effort be exerted at the United Nations to criminalize any such abuse and we asked for the Swiss Federation’s support in this regard during the 67th UN General Assembly, currently in session in New York, as soon as the relevant documents are ready in their final draft text.” Dr Shehaibar said the Swiss side showed complete understanding of the Arab and Islamic view, and the assistant secretary said his government is willing to consider any proposal the Arab and Islamic group wishes to put before the UN assembly and take appropriate measures.

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