‘Kuwait keen on supporting global anti-torture efforts’
NEW YORK, Oct 5, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait has reiterated its firm stand by rejecting all forms of terrorism and extremism regardless of their causes, motives and sources, stressing that promotion of the culture of tolerance and coexistence among peoples and nations is one of the priorities of its domestic and foreign policy.
This came in Kuwait’s speech during the 6th legal committee meeting of the 72nd round of the United Nations General Assembly on the elimination of international terrorism, which was delivered by the third secretary of Kuwait’s permanent delegation to the United Nations, Bashar Abdullah Al-Muwaizri last night. “Terrorism remains a serious threat in many parts of the world and threatens international peace and security. The State of Kuwait condemns terrorism in all its forms.
It is a criminal act that is unjustifiable and should not be linked to any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group,” he added. The fight against terrorism requires concerted international efforts to counter this scourge by taking measures to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law and to address the conditions conducive to its spread by eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development and good governance. The fight against terrorism also necessitates peaceful co-existence among religions, respect for their symbols and sanctities, non-incitement to hatred and rejection of all manifestations of extremism and violence, he added.
The State of Kuwait was keen to combat terrorism by ratifying majority of the relevant international conventions and regional agreements. Al-Muwaizeri said that Kuwait has so far signed 18 agreements in addition to other bilateral agreements, adding that it attaches great importance to the draft comprehensive convention against terrorism. He pointed out that the State of Kuwait hosted last March a meeting of the group concerned with foreign terrorist fighters of the International Alliance with the participation of 45 countries, aimed at creating the appropriate environment in the event of their return.
Meanwhile, Kuwait has reiterated its firm position on the implementation of all relevant agreements related to disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. This statement was delivered by Advisor of the Permanent Delegation of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations Talal Al-Fassam, at the UN General Assembly’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, Wednesday.
The non-proliferation of nuclear weapons agreement should be applied with nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy, he said. He praised the success of the High-level meeting last September to discuss nuclear non-proliferation, and looking forward of a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament in 2018. He also stressed the importance of intensifying efforts to organize a conference on Middle East free of nuclear weapons as soon as possible in the presence of all the countries of the region, including Israel. Israel continues to refuse to join the non-proliferation agreement or even sign the IAEA Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement to avoid the IAEA to inspect them, he said. Kuwait reiterates its condemnation of all nuclear tests that endanger the lives of innocents and threaten international peace and security.
The Korean Peninsula is witnessing nuclear tests and the launching of ballistic missiles by North Korea, which is a source of concern not only for Kuwait but also for the international community as a whole. The dangers of nuclear weapons and its effects do not recognize the national or regional borders, but go beyond it to reach the farthest cities and villages, which could kill millions and leave its dangerous effects on the environment, he said. In the meantime, Kuwait is keen on supporting global efforts against torture, said Kuwait’s delegate to the UN and international organizations headquarters in Geneva Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim Thursday.
Speaking to KUNA ahead of the 16th regular meeting for the United Nations Convention against Torture, Ambassador Al-Ghunaim affirmed that Kuwait was interacting positively with various accords and international agreements connected with human rights, affirming that his country stood firm against all acts of torture.
The upcoming meeting will focus on countries eager to join the convention, said Al-Ghunaim, adding that members of the accord will look into measures to further improve the human rights document. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was approved by the UN General Assembly in 1984 and came into effect in 1987. A committee, which includes 10 experts, was assigned to follow up the convention. The committee receives reports every four years from member states