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‘Terrorism a grave threat to Humanity’, India at the UN General Assembly

‘Terrorism a grave threat to Humanity’, India at the UN General Assembly

by Shruthi Venkatesh November 12 2018, 3:27 pm Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 23 secs

Terrorism is the most serious violation of human rights said India at the UN, urging the global community to take a resolute action against the menace in all its forms and manifestations. On the 2nd of November, the First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, Paulomi Tripathi said at General Assembly 3rd session on report of the ‘Human Rights Council’ that terrorism is the most serious violation of human right and international community must take resolute action against it to protect the fundamental freedom of innocent people.

“A lack of consensus in the Human Rights Council's actions in situation-specific issues is a worrisome development that compromises its effectiveness and credibility,” Tripathi stated at the UN. “Terrorism is the most serious violation of human rights which emanates from beyond our borders. The international community must take resolute action against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations to prevent and stop abuse of human rights and fundamental freedoms of innocent people,” Tripathi said according to a report in PTI.

General assembly by Human rights council (brookings institution)

According to her, the adoption of aggressive and confrontational approach and overly intrusive methods, without consultation and consent of the country is concerned to have been counterproductive, leading only to politicisation of human rights issues. Moreover, India has called for the Human Rights Council to continue to strengthen its adherence to the fundamental principles of universality, transparency, impartiality, objectivity, non-selectivity and constructive dialogue for retaining its relevance and efficacy.

Tripathi also pointed out that the number of special procedures is increasing since commencement of the Council, leading to duplication of mandates, which clearly focuses that the process of selection of procedure of those mandate-holders that needs more transparency. She said the dependence of the Council on voluntary funding is of continuing concern and the Council needs to continue to rationalise its priorities of work, to make the most efficient use of the limited resources.

Paulomi Tripathi, secretary with India's permanent mission to the UNGA (news track english)

Tripathi expressed her concern on council’s dependency on voluntary funding and emphasized the role of council in building consensus on the issues such as protection of human rights in the cyberspace and impact of artificial intelligence on human rights. India was last month elected to the Human Rights Council and remains committed to bring in pluralistic, moderate and balanced perspectives, to bridge multiple divides in human rights discourse and in action, within the Council and beyond.

India has raised this issue of terrorism at UN General Assembly sessions many number of times, citing terrorism a grave threat to humanity and have urged the international community to unite the act against this threat and to prevail peace and stability in the world yet India itself is a victim of terrorism for last 40 years.



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