Kuwait





Kuwait has a mixed voting record at the Council. Kuwait's selective engagement on country situations was a particular concern.



2014 Analysis

In 2014, Kuwait continued to demonstrate an inconsistent approach to the Council’s mandate to address country situations. Kuwait shifted from voting against the Sri Lanka resolution to abstaining. It also abstained on the vote of a hostile non-action motion to adjourn the Council’s debate on Sri Lanka. Kuwait was among the delegations that did not reject any country resolution at the Council this year. Additionally, it played an active role in the core group running the Council’s resolutions on Syria and voted in favor of all resolutions on the situation in Syria. Regrettably, however, Kuwait supported a March 2014 joint declaration put forward by Saudi Arabia that backed the government crackdown in Egypt, despite the massive rights violations it entailed.

Kuwait voted in favor of all resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, It also supported the convening of the three special sessions held this year by the Council on the Central African Republic, the Gaza conflict, and the situation in Iraq.

Kuwait should make more of an effort to improve its mixed voting record at the Council by refraining from supporting governments that blatantly violate human rights, and by voting in favor of resolutions addressing situations of egregious violations, such as the resolution on North Korea. As a signatory of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Kuwait should also express greater support at the Council for referring the situation in Syria to the ICC.

Voting record in 2014

Support for key joint statements in 2014

2012/2013 Analysis

While Kuwait was a strong supporter of the numerous resolutions that the Council adopted on Syria and voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, it did not support the adoption of any other country resolution. Kuwait voted against the resolutions on Sri Lanka and abstained on the resolutions on Iran and Belarus.It also voted against amendments put forward to improve the Libya resolution in March 2012.

Kuwait did not support any of the key joint statements made on country situations at the Human Rights Council.

Kuwait co-sponsored 36 country-specific resolutions under agenda items 1, 4, 7 and 10. Kuwait participated frequently.

Kuwait can improve its performance at the Council by strengthening its support for country action at the Council beyond the Syrian crisis and the human rights situation in the occupied Arab territories. It should revisit its position on Sri Lanka, Iran and Belarus, and continue to broaden its co-sponsorship of country-specific resolutions.



Voting record in 2013

Support for key joint statements in 2013

Voting record in 2012

Support for key joint statements in 2012