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‘Human rights top Kuwait’s priorities’ – More powers sought

KUWAIT CITY, May 3, (KUNA): Kuwait remains steadfast in its commitment to human rights, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, noting that the issue of human rights is “no longer a national issue, but an international one.” Assistant Foreign Minister for Coordination Affairs Nasser Al-Sabeeh made the remarks at a workshop on the Arab tenets of human rights, organized by the ministry on Tuesday.

Al-Sabeeh underscored Kuwait’s support of laws dealing with human rights, saying that such support stems from an unwavering conviction.

Moreover, Chairman of the Arab League’s human rights committee Dr Hadi Al-Yami said that holding this workshop helps to facilitate work on human rights issues, as Kuwait is set to issue its first report on human rights. Al-Yami also described the report as a monumental step that will bring progress on the issue of human rights.

The workshop, which features participation of a number of Arab human rights committees, tackles the Arab charter on human rights, in addition to discussions of reports submitted by Arab nations on the issue.

Meanwhile, in another development, the Arab Group called for a permanent representation, with full powers, in terms of permanent and non-permanent seats in case of an expansion of the UN Security Council.

This came during a speech delivered, on behalf of the Arab Group, by Kuwaiti Permanent Delegate to the UN Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi at a meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform.

Al-Otaibi stressed the need for suitable representation of the Arab countries at the Security Council, indicating that it makes up 12 percent out of the UN membership. He said that several Arab issues discussed by the Security Council reflect the necessary representation of the Group at the council so as to guarantee showing Arab views during discussions.

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