NEW YORK, Oct 31 – The State of Kuwait on Thursday reaffirmed respect for human rights, out of belief in their crucial role in the achievement of sustainable development.

The Kuwaiti constitution and relevant legislations ensure the maximum degree of protection for human rights and basic freedom, based on the UN Charter, Kuwait’s diplomatic attache, Alyaa Abdullah Al-Muzeini, said.

She made the comments in an address to the meeting of the UN Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (commonly known as the Third Committee), being held on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

“The Kuwaiti government is working for promoting the culture of human rights on all levels, including the educational one.”

In 2006, the Ministry of Education introduced a subject on human rights, through a separate book, that aimed to teach schoolchildren the significance of democracy and human rights, as well as, the roles of the constitution and international organisations in projecting them.

“The State of Kuwait believes in the impact of human rights on the improvement of the quality of life for individuals and the society at large,” Al-Muzeini stressed.

She noted that Kuwait endorsed several conventions on human rights, including the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The current turmoil in several parts of the world resulted mainly from violations of human rights, which pose a threat to peace, security and development, and require urgent action by the international community to curb these violations, she went on.

Al-Muzeini also called on the international community to double efforts, in order to ensure delivery of humanitarian aid to the people trapped in the Syrian conflict and other parts of the world.

The State of Kuwait supports the draft resolution of the Third Committee, on the situation of human rights in Syria, she added.