NEW DELHI: Indra Mani Pandey, an IFS officer of 1990 batch and presently additional secretary in the MEA, will be the next ambassador/permanent representative of India to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva, including WHO and UN Human Rights Council where Pakistan has sought to target India for the reorganisation of J&K. In his nearly three-decade career, Pandey has served in Indian missions in Damascus, Cairo, Islamabad, Kabul, Muscat and Geneva. He has also served as joint secretary in the Disarmament and International Security Affairs division of the MEA in Delhi. Pandey will lead India’s efforts to blunt Pakistan’s campaign to vilify India for alleged human rights abuses in J&K.
After its ban on 59 Chinese apps, the government Wednesday seemed to launch a fresh diplomatic offensive against China by breaking its silence on China's new security law for Hong Kong. At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the government said Wednesday that given the large Indian community that makes the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China its home, India has been keeping "a close watch on recent developments". "We have heard several statements expressing concern on these developments. We hope the relevant parties will take into account these views and address them properly, seriously and objectively," said India's permanent representative to UN in Geneva Rajiv Chander. He didn't name China though. The remark was made during an
Representative imageGENEVA: The UN human rights experts have voiced concerns over China's collective repression of its population, especially religious and ethnic minorities in Muslim-majority Xinjiang and the Tibet autonomous regions, and called for decisive measures to protect fundamental freedoms in the country. "The UN experts repeatedly communicated with the Government of the People's Republic of China their alarm regarding the repression of fundamental freedoms in China,” according to a press statement released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday. They have “raised their concerns regarding a range of issues of grave concern, from the collective repression of the population, especially religious and ethnic minorities, in Xinjiang and Tibet, to the detention of
NEW DELHI: India on Monday slammed Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) while calling the country the "epicentre of terrorism" and said that it should practice tolerance towards its minorities & neighbours so that the South-Asian region sees eternal peace. In its response at the 43rd session of the UNHRC in Geneva, Vimarsh Aryan, first secretary at ministry of external affairs asked the Pakistani delegation to properly understand Part I, para 17 of Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action on terrorism, before pretending to be a promoter of human rights, while most grisly of the human rights violators, terrorists breed under its nose. "I would once again invoke the Vienna Declaration & Programme of Action (VDPA)
GENEVA: India has termed the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) an effective and visible instrument for the promotion and protection of human rights. Delivering India's National Statement under Agenda on UPR on Monday at the 43rd Session of the UNHRC, Vimarsh Aryan, First Secretary, India's permanent mission to United Nation's Office at Geneva (UNOG), said the country strongly believes that the UPR mechanism should not be "tinkered" with, as any such attempt carries the potential of diluting the universal support that it currently enjoys. "It is our firm belief that the UPR mechanism is an effective and visible instrument for the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms,"
GENEVA: The UN's top rights body Monday agreed to a request from African countries to urgently debate racism and police brutality this week following unrest in the US and beyond over George Floyd's death. As the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council resumed after breaking in March over the coronavirus pandemic, council president Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger proposed to hold the debate on Wednesday at 3:00 pm (1300 GMT). "I can see no objections. It is therefore so decided," she said. It is only the fifth time in the council's 14-year history that it has agreed to hold an "urgent debate", which is a special debate agreed upon within a regular session of the council. Burkina Faso's ambassador