Kuwait participates in int’l seminar on “Combatting Corruption”

— Kuwait participated on Thursday in an International Seminar on the theme of Combating Corruption organized by the Government of Pakistan and the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad.

The Assistant Foreign Minister of Kuwait on Human Rights, Talal Khalid Al-Mutairi said in a statement to KUNA that Kuwait’s participation in the seminar shows that we are playing a vital role along with the international community to combat corruption.

“Kuwait has always been against corruption and we think that combating corruption is necessary for sustainable development. Kuwait will keep on putting its best efforts and share its experiences with the international community for the cause,” he added.

In his inaugural statement, Chairperson of the OIC-IPHRC Dr. Haci Ali Acikgul said that corrupt practices are becoming a major impediment in the implementation of law and realization of human rights globally and more so in the developing countries.

“Corruption is not a localized problem specific to certain countries, regions, societies, or traditions. It plagues not only public offices but also businesses and other spheres of private domains. To mitigate the negative consequences on the lives of common people, combating corruption is placed high on the human rights and development agenda,” he said.

Moreover, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed his gratitude to the OIC-IPHRC for organizing a very timely seminar on combating corruption and assessing its dire consequences on the achievement of the human rights agenda. “In line with Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan’s vision, fighting corruption and ensuring protection of all human rights are the top priorities of our Government, said Qureshi.

He said that corruption is an enormous obstacle to development and the realization of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural.

“It strikes at the very roots of good governance and democracy. It erodes public trust in the legitimacy of state institutions, undermines the rule of law, and violates the values of transparency, accountability, justice and fair play,” he added.

The International Seminar on the theme of “Combating Corruption – A Prerequisite for the full enjoyment of all Human Rights and Sustainable Development” focused on the multi-dimensional negative effects of corruption on sustainable development and full enjoyment of all human rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as well as development.

More than 200 international and national stakeholders including Government officials, OIC member and Observer States, IPHRC Commissioners, and representatives of the OIC Secretariat, United Nations, practitioners, academia, and civil society participated in the Seminar.

Source: Kuwait News Agency