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Parliamentary questions
13 July 2018
P-002940/2018
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini

The EU, through the EU Delegation in Riyadh (which is also accredited to the State of Kuwait) as well as at Headquarters' level, is following the Human Rights situation in Kuwait. In this regard, the EU engages consistently with the relevant Kuwaiti governmental and non-governmental interlocutors, in a comprehensive manner through regular diplomatic contacts, dialogue and outreach initiatives.

The European External Action Service is aware of the case of Mrs Lazareva. As part of its regular interactions with Kuwait, the EU has discussed Kuwait's human rights policies, especially following the visits of two Special Rapporteurs (Trafficking and Violence against Women) in 2017.

The EU is also following closely Kuwait's modifications to the Personal Status Law with regard to women and the work of the country's Human Rights Commission.

In view of Kuwait's upcoming Universal Periodic Review in 2019, the EU intends to encourage further exchanges on Kuwait's commitments, notably in relation to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and to put EU expertise in this area at the country's disposal.

Last updated: 13 July 2018Legal notice