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Kuwait urges int''l community protect human rights
March 29, 2014, 9:14 am
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Kuwait called on Friday on the international community take responsibility in safeguarding human rights, urging all countries to follow the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action of 1993.

Human rights must be fulifilled for all people regardless of their race or ethnicity, said Kuwaiti Diplomat Fahad Talal Al-Thamer in the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Kuwait is a signatory state of several international human rights agreements, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child signed in 1991, said Al-Thamer.

Kuwait was on top of the list in the Arab Human Development Report of 2009, issued by the UN Development Programme, while it came in the 33rd place internationally, said Al-Thamer. The Diplomat also noted that Kuwait supports the UN's efforts to fight poverty, create equality between the sexes, and limit the cases of child deaths.

The Kuwaiti constitution respects the freedom of individuals, human dignity, and ensures that people are equal in rights and duties, despite their religion, sex, language, or ethnicity, he said.

The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, also known as VDPA, is a human rights declaration adopted by consensus at the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993 in Vienna, Austria. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was created by this Declaration endorsed by General Assembly Resolution 48/121.

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