KUWAIT: Gulf University for Science and Technology students yesterday shattered a world record held by Qatar by collecting and packing over 56 tons of clothing for charity. — Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat
Drivers fume over new smoking bill
By Faten Omar
KUWAIT: The Municipality revealed last week
about a study to fine and impound the cars of
those smoking while driving, in addition to
penalties for other traffic offences. Director
General of the Kuwait Municipality Ahmed AlSabeeh said that the municipality will submit
these recommendations to the Interior Ministry,
which will be discussed during a joint workshop.
Sabeeh explained that the aim of this move is to
maintain the safety of drivers and the environment.
But most people interviewed by Kuwait Times
were skeptical. “When we talk about the house,
we are taking about a private place - you can
dance or drink inside your home and it’s
nobody’s business, as is the car. They cannot stop
me from smoking inside my car because it is a
private space. This law is encroaching on people’s
privacy. For example, I will ask you to listen to
another singer instead of your favorite one, but
you won’t heed my order because your car it is
not mine and I do not have the right to tell you
what to do in it. So this is an illogical decision,
and the car is not a public place to take control
of,” fumed Ahmed Abu Al-Ez, an administrative
assistant. “Even in the United Arab Emirates, fines
Kuwaiti constitution:
Guarantor of women’s rights
GENEVA: The Kuwaiti constitution
embraces human rights, especially those
for women, said consultant to Women’s
Affairs Committee affiliated with the
Kuwaiti Cabinet Huda Al-Shaiji yesterday.
In remarks to KUNA regarding Kuwait’s
human rights record before the UNHRC,
she said Kuwait has a Constitutional Court
that ensures preservation of the rights of
women. In her presentation before the
UNHCR, she emphasized that numerous
Kuwaiti laws protect Kuwaiti women from
domestic violence, and guarantee her
rights for divorce, child custody, alimony,
and adequate housing.
Moreover, she said the Kuwaiti National
Assembly passed recently the Family Law,
stipulating, among other things, that special centers be equipped to handle domestic disputes and protect women from possible spousal abuse. She added that a government fund has been set up by the ministry of justice which enforces court rulings
for alimony and child support, noting that
the Kuwaiti labor law demands equal pay
for men and women working in the public
sector. Furthermore, she said she told the
UNHCR panel reviewing human rights
record for Kuwait that the latter pays strict
attention to the welfare of divorced or widowed women by extending monetary assistance to them as well as health care, housing, work, and education.
Accident kills 1
A female citizen was instantly killed and three
other family members were injured when their
vehicle turned over along Abdaly highway, said
security sources, noting that the four were
rushed to Jahra Hospital where the woman was
declared dead.
Gold, KD 200 missing
A citizen living in Rumaithiya reported that
her housemaid fled the house taking her passport, 3 golden bracelets and KD 200 in cash. A
case was filed and a search is on for the maid.
Trespass and rape
A Kuwaiti was arrested for trespass and rape,
said security sources. Case papers indicate that a
citizen living in Sabah Al-Salem reported that a
young man had been visiting his daughter late at
night in her room where he spent time with her,
until he caught them, but the lover managed to
escape. The man added that his daughter admitted to facilitating her lover’s entry in the house
and that she had lost her virginity to him. The
should create a good environment first and care
about making the country green first, then apply
these rules. I support the decision, but I do not
think it will be applied,” he said.
“The smoker will not harm anyone in his car,
but if there are children, the law must be applied.
But I hope they raise the fine for people who
throw out cigarette butts while driving,” said
Umm Ali, a housewife. Nizah, also a housewife
from the US, had a different opinion. She said the
government is right to take such a decision.
“They should curb smoking everywhere and not
just in cars, as this is very bad for health and the
environment,” she said.
Kuwait showcases its
human rights record
Illegal residents ‘enjoy’ basic rights
Huda Al-Shaiji, Consultant to Women’s
Affairs Committee of the Cabinet
Kuwaiti women, she said, have access
to all lines of work including in the judiciary, military, and diplomatic fields, stressing the fact that Kuwait has joined all pertinent international agreements upholding human rights in general but especially
women’s rights as well.
The UNHRC human rights review panel
endorsed yesterday Kuwait’s presentation
of its human rights file, affirming that the
Kuwaiti delegation’s briefing to the panel
was thorough in documenting the country’s human rights record. —KUNA
Kuwaiti arrested; unlicensed
gun and Kalashnikov seized
KUWAIT: A citizen was arrested with an unlicensed gun and Kalashnikov, said security
sources. Case papers indicate that a police patrol
suspected a vehicle driven unsteadily, and on
stopping it, the driver was found under the influence of drugs and the weapons were found in
his vehicle.
are imposed for smoking in cars, but they are not
impounded. Kuwait must concentrate on repairing roads and focus on the bigger picture,” he
Khalid Al-Saleh, accountant, was also irked by
the study. “I don’t think this decision will ever
become law, as I do not see any aim behind this
decision - I’m hurting myself, not others.” Rashid
Alawneh, a chef, laughed heartily when he heard
the news for the first time. “There are some people, who due to their addiction to smoking, will
risk a ticket and impoundment of their cars just
to smoke. They will then look for someone
important for wasta to get their cars back. Kuwait
lover was ambushed outside his house, where he
was arrested and pled guilty as charged. A case
was filed and further investigations are in
‘Ungrateful son’
An ungrateful son, who had disputes with his
father, set ablaze his father’s two vehicles in
Sabahiya, said security sources. Case papers indicate the father, a citizen, filed a complaint at
Sabahiya police station accusing his 25-year-old
son of setting fire to two vehicles belonging to
him. A case was filed and further investigations
are in progress.
Kuwaitis detained for alcohol
Five citizens - two men and three women were arrested for drinking, said security sources.
Case papers indicate that a police patrol suspected a vehicle parked with the suspects inside. On
approaching, the five suspects reeked of liquor.
Robbers break into co-op
Wafra agricultural co-op supervisor reported
that unidentified robbers broke into the co-op and
stole cigarettes and sweets worth KD2,200. A case
was filed and further investigations are in progress.
Syrian doctor attacked
A Syrian doctor reported that three people
attacked him and that after brutally beating him
up, they rammed his vehicle several times with
their car along Fahaheel Expressway.
GENEVA: The periodical review of the human
rights situation in Kuwait had been well
received by the UN Human Rights Council. In
his speech to the session on the UNHCR
Kuwaiti report, head of the council Joachim
Rucker lauded Kuwait’s presentation of its
human rights file, affirming that the Kuwaiti
delegation’s briefing was thorough in showcasing the country’s human rights record.
Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labor
Hind Al-Sabeeh also delivered a speech to the
session, reflecting her country’s commitment
to human rights. On his part, Permanent
Kuwaiti Delegate to the UN Ambassador
Jamal Al-Ghunaim said that Kuwait’s representation of its human rights record was
“enriching”, stressing that various countries
have got to understand the status of human
rights in Kuwait.
Basic human rights
Meanwhile Kuwait has reiterated that the
illegal residents in the country enjoy all basic
human rights and are treated in a much better way than many countries around the
world do. During the UN Human Rights
Council’s session on the periodical review of
the situation of the human rights in Kuwait,
Head of the Technical Office at the Central
Agency for Remedying of the Illegal Residents’
Status Eman Al-Nasser made a detailed presentation on the services and facilities offered
to the illegal residents in Kuwait.
She pointed out that illegal residents
receive services similar to that offered to citizens. Al-Nasser said that the government
labels those people as “illegal residents” in
accordance with the Central Agency’s foundation decree No 467 of 2010. “ They were
labeled so because they violated foreigners’
residency law No 17 of 1959 which necessities
the possession of a valid passport to get a residency permission. They have concealed their
original passports on a false belief that this
would qualify them to get the Kuwaiti citizenship,” she said.
She noted that the Supreme Council for
Planning and Development has drawn a
roadmap to remedy the illegal residents’ status and it was approved by the Cabinet as per
decree No 1612 of 2010. The roadmap aims to
strike a balance between helping illegal residents live a dignified life and protecting
state’s higher interests, Al-Nasser said. She
stressed that illegal residents move to rectify
their legal statuses in the country do not pre-
vent them from applying to be naturalized as
per the law. The roadmap includes reviewing
the files of each illegal resident and presenting lists of naturalization candidates to the
cabinet to consider it, she said, noting that
the central agency has presented, since its
foundation, lists of 687 candidates to the
The roadmap also envisaged encouraging
illegal residents to rectify their legal statuses
in return for offering them free five-year residency permission, she said, adding that 6,325
of them have rectified their statuses in the
past four years. Al-Nasser underscored that
the Kuwaiti government gives due attention
to the human aspects in handling this dossier.
The cabinet in its resolution No 409 of 2011
completed the services offered by the state to
illegal residents to help them live a dignified
life, she said.
Providing education
She pointed out that the government is
keen on providing education services to the
children of the illegal residents, noting that
15,105 of students of this category are benefiting from this service. Up to 5,758 people
were also enrolled in the University of Kuwait
and 3,347 others were enrolled at the Public
Authority for Applied Education and Training,
she said. The illegal residents enjoy healthcare
the services offered by the State of Kuwait.
About 56,547 such persons benefited from
such services at a total value of $13 million till
the end of 2012.Moreover, the government
gives illegal resident priority after citizens in
employment in public and cooperative sector.
Till March 2014, 1,419 people were
appointed at the public sector and 630 persons in at the cooperative sector, she said. The
illegal residents are granted ration cards to
get subsidized food supplies, she said, stating
that 98,384 such persons have benefited from
these cards and got supplies at a total value of
$2.3 million. People with special needs among
illegal residents are getting total care as per
law No 8 of 2010, she said. The state offers to
this segment housing welfare and social
insurance services. Al-Nasser said that the
Kuwaiti authorities are issuing civil and legal
documents, such as birth and death certificates and marriage contracts and divorce.
Furthermore, the illegal residents enjoy
the right of litigation and public freedoms
and others. They also benefit from some of
the services provided by other state bodies
such as that of Zakat (alms) House and the
General Secretariat of Awqaf, the Public
Authority for Social Insurance and the Public
Authority for Housing Welfare, she said, noting that those who rectify their statuses
enjoy these services throughout the fiveyear residency granted to them. Al-Nasser
stressed that Kuwait is keen on continuing
efforts to provide a better services to illegal
residents in the country. She also handed
the United Nations and its member states a
booklet including statistics about the services and facilities provided to such segment in
the society. — Agencies