India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on the sidelines of day four of United Nations General Assembly meeting, on September 23. This has come after Jaishankar’s recent visit to Saudi on September 10-12. Notably, India and Saudi Arabia are maintaining a strong cordial relationship, especially in politics, security, energy, trade, investment, food, health’s bf defence fields.… read-more
Speaking at the Human Rights Council, Balochistan human rights group requested for UN intervention over human rights violations in Pakistan. The speaker said that the Balochs are being “dehumanised” in Pakistan, and that they are deprived of education, health and other social amenities. He further stated that the aforementioned human rights violations are resulting in “extreme poverty” among the Balochs.
United Nations experts have strongly condemned the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Mahsa Amini was allegedly killed in police custody in Iran for wearing an “improper hijab” and failing to comply with Iran’s strict rules on women’s dress. UN also said that the officials need to be held accountable for the death of Amini. “She is another victim of Iran’s sustained repression and systematic discrimination against women,” said experts.
Ukraine has claimed to have recaptured over 20 settlements in the last 24 hours. Ukrainian troops have strategically gained control over 20 settlements which were captured by Russian troops. According to Ukraine, the Russian troops just “abandoned their positions and fled”. Ukraine has seen success in south and east including the cities of Izyum, Kupiansk and Balakliya in the weekend.
Volker Turk of Austria has been appointed as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The appointment has also been approved by the General Assembly. “Turk has devoted his long and distinguished career to advancing universal human rights,” said UN Chief in a statement. Turk ensured that a UN system-wide coordination will be followed.
The United Nations Human Rights (UNHR) office has accused China of violating international human rights rules, by committing “crimes against humanity”. China has reportedly come to such a conclusion after “rigorous review of documented material”. This has come following China’s arbitrary detention of people from the Uyghur community in Xinjiang. China on the other hand, contended that those were counter-terrorism efforts, and were not… read-more
After UN peacekeepers allegedly shot dead two persons at the border of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed dismay over the incident. "Antonio Guterres is outraged by a serious incident in Kasindi," said UN Spokesperson. MONUSCO head Bitou Keita stated that the perpetrators of the… read-more
United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) Uganda representative Mary Otieno said that teen pregnancies and child marriages are costing Uganda its social and economic progress. "It impacts negatively their educational aspirations, livelihood, health and future social-economic productivity," she said. She further stated that childbearing at a young age can disrupt their development into adulthood. Reportedly, by the age of 21, many people in… read-more
A Congolese women's rights group told the United Nations Security Council that a Congolese woman was kidnapped by militants twice, raped, and forced to cook and eat human flesh. A huge surge in violence has been reported since late May in Congo, due to heavy fighting between government and rebels groups. Reportedly, CODECO militants were behind the first kidnapping, and information about second group of Kidnappers have been kept unveiled.
United Nation's General-Secretary Antonio Guterres warned of a 'catastrophe', due to a global food shortage. He said that, the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and Russian invasion of Ukraine, have all led to difficulty in accessing food. Furthermore, the rising prices of fertilizers and energy could take a toll on farmers, creating a "global hunger crisis". He said, "there is a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022". … read-more