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Govt fully co-ops with Assembly in dealing with ‘human rights cases’

Panel criticizes govt’s shortcomings, hails achievements

KUWAIT CITY, July 29: Following the meeting of the parliamentary Human Rights Committee, State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh told the press that the government is fully cooperating with the National Assembly in dealing with human rights cases.

The minister affirmed that the committee has been briefed on all the procedures taken in order to implement the law on establishing the National Bureau for Human Rights. Meanwhile, Committee Chairman MP Adel Al-Damkhi asserted that the committee criticizes governmental shortcomings and praises achievements. At this point, the government deserves praise as it has already specified the location for the bureau, while executive regulations and the operational structure were completed in May, he added.

Member of the committee MP Khaleel Abul praised the quick response of the Interior Ministry to the comments and recommendations that the committee presented after its recent visit to the Central Prison. In another development, MP Riyad Al-Adsani stressed that the Assembly retains all the right to review and inspect any government expenditure, especially that of the prime minister.

Considering that State budgets must be approved by the Assembly, there should not be confidentiality when it comes to expenditures, he argued. He cited the minister of interior’s request to increase confidential expenditures allocation from KD15 million to KD22 million – a matter that the MP found unacceptable; thereby, proposing the implementation of guidelines in order to regulate such requests. He rejected “private expenditures” as a reason for keeping such figures from the MPs, especially since these expenditures are considered public funds.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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