KUWAIT CITY/NEW YORK(IAMINKUWAIT): Kuwait has strongly condemned all violations of human rights and international law by all parties to conflicts in various regions of the world. This came in a speech by Kuwait’s permanent delegation to the United Nations delivered by delegation member Munira Al-Duaij Al-Sabah at the UN General Assembly during the discussion of the Human Rights Report on Friday.
In her speech, Sabah stressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation of attacks that targeted civilians in addition to hostilities, child recruitment, sexual and ethnic violence, murder and mutilation. This discussions related to the Council require close followup due to ongoing conflicts across the world. Sabah encouraged constructive partnerships for the maintenance of human rights and rejected attempts to impose any principles on sovereign States under the guise of human rights-related concerns.
Kuwait believes in the rights to employment, food and medical care, which can only be realized in an environment of international peace and security, she said. Kuwait created institutions to combat corruption and protect the rights of women, as Kuwait condemned attacks against civilians and related infrastructure, she confirmed.
All human rights are universal, indivisible and interrelated. Kuwait prioritizes the protection of heritage areas, including in conflict zones, and will soon welcome the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Sabah added. She also stressed important steps being taken towards ensuring accountability in addressing the situation in Myanmar and said Israeli security forces are violating the human rights of Palestinians.
In other news, Kuwait called on the international community to continue supporting the Libyan government and its efforts to develop a comprehensive strategy to address crime and flagrant violations of international humanitarian law. The call also included support to Libyan government to enable it to enforce the foundations of justice and establish rule of law, which will contribute positively to its implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions.
The remarks were made during a speech in a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, which was delivered by the Permanent Representative of Kuwait to United Nations Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi on Friday. “Kuwait welcomes efforts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) aimed at achieving justice and ensuring impunity in accordance with international law,” Otaibi said.
The ambassador also praised the progress made by the Office of the Public Prosecution despite significant challenges facing its efforts to carry out its responsibilities, and to monitor and bring to justice perpetrators of crimes and violations, especially in the difficult and delicate security situation in Libya. Otaibi added that the difficult situation includes a heavy deployment of weapons, an expanded presence of armed militias, and a remarkable growth of terrorist groups, expressing concern over the escalation of recent armed clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, which left large number of victims.
Otaibi hailed the significant role played by United Nations Support Mission in Libya, represented by its Special Representative to Libya, Ghassan Salama, in reaching a ceasefire agreement “which has had a positive impact in stopping the deterioration of security. Otaibi expressed concern over grave violations to migrants in detention centers, including killings and torture “in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.”
“There is no doubt that the responsibility to achieve justice for all Libyan territory lies with the Libyan authorities, through the exercise of their sovereignty and jurisdiction. Under article 1 of the Rome Statute, the ICC must respect the national jurisdiction and criminal jurisdiction of Libya in cases considered by the Libyan courts,” added Otaibi. The ambassador noted that this comes in order to achieve the desired integration between the ICC and the Libyan national judiciary as a court complementary to national criminal jurisdictions.
Courtesy : Kuwait Times