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Kuwait Group says to ‘boycott’ National Assembly 10th session Int’l Day of People with Disabilities today

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 2: The Kuwaiti Society for People with special needs said it will boycott the 10th session of the National Assembly which will be held on Dec 3, 2013. This session coincides with the International Day of People with Disability — celebrated every year by the United Nations since 1992 and has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the world to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

Board Chairman of the society Ayed Abdullah Al-Shammari said this initiative comes in protest against the suffering of people with disabilities and loss of their rights stipulated in the Law 8 of 2010 and what he called the bad practices of the officials of the public authority for the affairs of the disabled who prevent a large number of them from getting their dues and acquired rights mentioned in the relevant law. Al-Shammari went to say the authority has even cancelled under false and illegal pretexts the ‘disability’ certificates to this category of people which it had granted earlier. He added, this had prompted some of them to resort to the fair Kuwaiti judiciary which ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and cancelled the decisions of the authority which had deprived them of the rights mentioned in the law No 8 for the year 2010 - the law that was approved to alleviate the sufferings experienced by this denomination of the people. “We have taken this action,” he said, “because we feel the National Assembly has failed to play its role.”

He went on to say, “we boycott the National Assembly session on the basis of our duty as a gathering and a defender of human rights of this category of people.” He stressed, the society calls and stresses on the members of the National Assembly to fulfill their humanitarian duties towards these less fortunate people because it is a national issue which concerns the entire Kuwaiti society. “We also appeal to His Highness the Prime Minister not to renew for the tenure of Director-General of the authority as per Article 51 of Law 8 of 2010,” he said. “From our point of view the senior official of the authority and his administration has failed to alleviate the suffering of people with disabilities. To the contrary their sufferings have increased after he taking over the post,” he stressed. Through this statement, “We declare that we are ready to submit to His Highness the Prime Minister evidence and documents to prove our fair claim not to renew the tenure of the director.”

By: Paul Francis X. Fernandes Arab Times Staff

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