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Kuwait expresses regret over UN view on ‘Human rights’ – Corruption, conflicts linked

Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi addresses the Security Council

GENEVA, Sept 11, (KUNA): Kuwait expressed regret that some views of the United Nations Human Rights Council were based on “the differentiation of civil and political rights from economic, social and cultural rights.” This came in a statement Tuesday made by Kuwait’s permanent delegate to the UN Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights.

He affirmed Kuwait’s deep belief in the universality and interdependence of human rights, and believed that civil and political rights were of equal importance to economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development, especially in our time of economic globalization and inequality.

Moreover, Ambassador Al-Ghunaim stressed rejection of attempts to use human rights to impose values that transcend the cultures and history of countries. He expressed Kuwait’s concerns about the deterioration of the development process in some parts of the Middle East.

He explained that Kuwait is concerned about the deterioration of the development process in some parts of the Middle East during a series of armed conflicts that endanger the lives of civilians. In the same context, Ambassador Al-Ghunaim said that Kuwait strongly condemns the continued Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and its violations against the defenseless Palestinian people.

Several global accounts reveal a correlation between corruption and conflicts, Kuwait’s envoy at the United Nations said on Monday. Speaking at the Security Council, Permanent Representative Mansour Al-Otaibi said corruption intensifies human misfortunes, spreads oppression and squanders public and privately-owned resources.

It has implications not only on the state level, but also on the wider regional and global spectrums, he warned. These far-reaching impacts have the potential to destroy a nation’s economy resulting in dwindling economic growth, increasing unemployment and rising poverty.

Corruption exists in poorer as well as wealthy nations, he said, and in all corners of the globe, particularly those affected with political instability or which lack security. As for the causes of corruption, these include socioeconomic factors like suppression, inequality and the absence of the rule of law.

To combat this Kuwait, in 2016, established the Public Anti-Corruption Authority, which aims to uphold the principles of transparency and integrity in economic transactions and put into practice the UN anti-corruption convention. It seeks to reach out to nations and regional and global bodies on these matters, he said.

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