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Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena looks at a copy of the result of the UNHRC (UN Human Rights Council) resolution to document Sri Lankan war crimes as he leaves the media conference at the ministry in Colombo, Sri Lanka March 23, 2021. (Reuters)

India abstains from key UNHRC vote on Sri Lanka

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2021 09:10 AM IST
A total of 22 countries voted for the resolution that was very critical of Sri Lanka’s failure to address human rights violations that occurred during the civil war.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)

News updates from HT: Rahul Gandhi extends support to bank employees' strike

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2021 12:52 PM IST
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The application filed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) came up for hearing before a bench comprising justices N V Ramana, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose.(HT File photo)
The application filed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) came up for hearing before a bench comprising justices N V Ramana, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose.(HT File photo)

SC to hear NHRC plea seeking release of Senior Superintendent of Police

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 01:39 PM IST
Guruswamy sought time to file a reply on applications filed by the NHRC and the CBI.
After several rounds of unsuccessful negotiations with the government, the unions backing the protest intensified their agitation by organising a tractor rally in the capital on January 26 that descended into violence and chaos. (HT PHOTO).
After several rounds of unsuccessful negotiations with the government, the unions backing the protest intensified their agitation by organising a tractor rally in the capital on January 26 that descended into violence and chaos. (HT PHOTO).

Farmers' protest shows need for laws in sync with stakeholders: UN rights chief

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 08:10 PM IST
  • The UN high commissioner for human rights was also critical of action taken by Indian authorities against journalists covering the protests and efforts to curb freedom of expression on social media.
The Indian response called on the UN Human Rights Council to call on Pakistan to take “credible and irreversible steps” to end state-sponsored terrorism and dismantle terrorist infrastructure. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO) (Image used for representation)
The Indian response called on the UN Human Rights Council to call on Pakistan to take “credible and irreversible steps” to end state-sponsored terrorism and dismantle terrorist infrastructure. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO) (Image used for representation)

India rejects Pakistan's criticism of human rights situation in Kashmir at UNHRC

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 08:46 PM IST
  • India’s “right of reply” to the Pakistani minister’s speech was delivered by Seema Pujani, second secretary in the permanent mission to the UN.
The department said Malaysia repatriated 37,038 migrants last year, including 3,322 from Myanmar REUTERS/Hannah McKay(REUTERS)
The department said Malaysia repatriated 37,038 migrants last year, including 3,322 from Myanmar REUTERS/Hannah McKay(REUTERS)

Malaysia to deport 1,200 Myanmar migrants despite a military coup

AP | , Kuala Lumpur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 01:27 PM IST
  • Malaysia's immigration chief, Khairul Dzaimee Daud, said in a statement late Monday that the detainees will be deported Feb. 23 on Myanmar navy ships. He said the 1,200 were held for offenses including not having valid travel documents, overstaying and violating their social visit passes.
"The world is watching," the UN's deputy rights chief Nada al-Nashif told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.(Reuters)
"The world is watching," the UN's deputy rights chief Nada al-Nashif told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.(Reuters)

'World is watching', UN rights body warns Myanmar after coup

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 06:42 PM IST
The UN also voiced concern over sanctions being imposed following the February 1 coup, stressing they needed to be "carefully targeted" to avoid harming vulnerable people.
Western nations rebuke China at UNHRC over human rights violations in Xinjiang, Hong Kong(Twitter/ML03509599)
Western nations rebuke China at UNHRC over human rights violations in Xinjiang, Hong Kong(Twitter/ML03509599)

China rebuked at UNHRC for restricting culture-religion, forced labour, forced birth control in Xinjiang and Hong Kong

Geneva [Switzerland] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 10:23 AM IST
‘Culture and religion are severely restricted and we have seen credible reports of forced labour and forced birth control’: Western nations rebuke China at UNHRC over human rights violations in Xinjiang, Hong Kong
Delegates from 38 schools across the nation took part in the MUN.
Delegates from 38 schools across the nation took part in the MUN.

Virtual activities make up for curbs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 06:07 PM IST
To groom young minds and sharpen their analytical skills in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kothari International School (KIS), Noida, held the Model United Nation (MUN), 2020, virtually in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
India impressed upon Pakistan to give up its territorial ambition and criticised it for raising the Kashmir issue at the UN body. (ANI Photo)
India impressed upon Pakistan to give up its territorial ambition and criticised it for raising the Kashmir issue at the UN body. (ANI Photo)

‘Pak should practise good neighbourliness towards us’: India at UNHRC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 07:22 PM IST
Drawing the attention of the council to “unabated torture”, “systematic persecution” of religious minorities in Pakistan, New Delhi said it is highly irresponsible on Islamabad’s part to raise the issue of Kashmir.
The students enacted the role of ambassadors from UN member states
The students enacted the role of ambassadors from UN member states

Learning gets balanced boost

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 08:43 PM IST
Conferences, webinars, discussions, tutorials and competitions held in the digital mode were part of co-curricular activities organised in most schools during the Covid-19 lockdown. The efforts received an enthusiastic response.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said moving out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was in the interest of India’s business.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said moving out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was in the interest of India’s business.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

‘Show me a country that says everybody is welcome’: Jaishankar on CAA

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2020 02:47 PM IST
Jaishankar criticised the UNHRC for its criticism on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, saying its director had been wrong previously too and one should look at the UN body’s past record on handling the Kashmir issue.
On Saturday, S Jaishankar said every country, including the US, has different citizenship criteria which are based on context and social criteria(ANI Photo)
On Saturday, S Jaishankar said every country, including the US, has different citizenship criteria which are based on context and social criteria(ANI Photo)

‘They have been wrong before’: Foreign minister Jaishankar on UNHRC’s CAA move

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 04:43 PM IST
India has already said the citizenship act is an internal matter of India and that no foreign party has a locus standi on issues related to the country’s sovereignty.
The passage of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)had triggered protests across the country.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
The passage of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)had triggered protests across the country.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

UN body to move Supreme Court over CAA, India says our internal matter

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2020 06:46 PM IST
Last week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet had expressed serious concern at the CAA and Delhi riots and called on India’s leadership to prevent further violence.
Indian envoy Vikas Swarup refuted Pakistan’s allegations on human rights abuses in Kashmir during a session at UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Feb 24, 2020.(ANI/ Twitter)
Indian envoy Vikas Swarup refuted Pakistan’s allegations on human rights abuses in Kashmir during a session at UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Feb 24, 2020.(ANI/ Twitter)

‘Epicentre of global terror shouldn’t lecture on human rights in J-K’: India’s response to Pakistan at UN

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2020 10:00 PM IST
Delivering India’s national statement at the meeting, Swarup also called for “decisive action against those who direct, control, fund, abet or shelter terrorists”.
India abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5 and bifurcated it into two Union territories.(Hindustan Times)
India abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5 and bifurcated it into two Union territories.(Hindustan Times)

J-K ‘was, is and shall forever’ remain integral part: India tells Pak at UNHRC

Geneva | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Speaking at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which is being held here in Switzerland from February 24 to March 20, Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West), the Ministry of External Affairs, described Pakistan as the epicentre of global terrorism.
Shireen Mazari, Pakistan’s human rights minister, is expected to speak at the UN Human Rights Council session at Geneva(Photo: PTI)
Shireen Mazari, Pakistan’s human rights minister, is expected to speak at the UN Human Rights Council session at Geneva(Photo: PTI)

Pakistan human rights minister may raise Jammu and Kashmir in UN speech today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 05:40 AM IST
Mazari, who has previously accused the EU of adopting discriminatory approach by not mentioning human rights violations by India in Kashmir and against its minorities, is expected to obliquely raise CAA by talking about religious persecution.
India lambasted Pakistan over its statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case.(Reuters)
India lambasted Pakistan over its statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case.(Reuters)

India slams Pakistan at UNHRC over its ‘malicious propaganda’ on Ayodhya verdict

Geneva (Switzerland) | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2019 09:48 AM IST
Exercising India’s right to reply in response to the statement delivered by Pakistan at the 12th session of Forum of Minority Issues, Indian diplomat Vimarsh Aryan noted that the religious, ethnic, sectarian and linguistic minorities in Pakistan have suffered an immense infringement of their fundamental human rights due to the so-called blasphemy laws.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa served as the defence secretary during his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure as president from 2005 to 2014.(AP Photo)
Gotabaya Rajapaksa served as the defence secretary during his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure as president from 2005 to 2014.(AP Photo)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, ‘war hero’ who ended Sri Lanka’s 3-decade-long bloody civil conflict

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 11:11 AM IST
Though dubbed as the “war hero”, the role of Rajapaksa in ending the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with the death of its supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran in 2009 is quite divisive as he stands accused of violating human rights, a charge he vehemently denies.
One of the officials said that Union home minister Amit Shah may announce NAPHR on NHRC’s foundation day on Saturday (October 12).(HT image)
One of the officials said that Union home minister Amit Shah may announce NAPHR on NHRC’s foundation day on Saturday (October 12).(HT image)

Task force to improve India’s rights record

New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 11:32 PM IST
A review cycle lasts four-and-half years, during which records of member states are reviewed.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.(Reuters Photo)
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.(Reuters Photo)

Pak minister loses cool when asked to name 58 countries supporting them on Kashmir issue

Islamabad | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 10:24 PM IST
During a talk show on Pakistan TV channel Express News, Qureshi was asked the question as he had repeatedly endorsed Khan’s statement that 58 countries had supported Islamabad on the Kashmir issue, reported Sputnik news agency.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a pro-Kashmir rally in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, on Set 13, 2019.(AP)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a pro-Kashmir rally in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, on Set 13, 2019.(AP)

Pakistan battles to push for UN debate on Kashmir amid lack of support

New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 08:12 PM IST
Diplomats based in Geneva and New York said, barring China, other countries in the 47-member UNHRC haven’t expressed a demand for a debate on Kashmir while European nations have maintained radio silence on the issue.
In this Saturday, July 21, 2018 file photo, Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, arrives to address an election campaign rally in Islamabad.(AP)
In this Saturday, July 21, 2018 file photo, Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, arrives to address an election campaign rally in Islamabad.(AP)

Imran Khan claims 58 countries support Pakistan. UNHRC has 47 members

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 11:07 AM IST
Within a short time several people started pointing out the error and poking fun at Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

Worldview | Decoding India-Pakistan face-off at UNHRC over J&K-Article 370

By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 05:03 PM IST
Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Sharat Sabharwal, explains what to expect at the United Nations General Assembly.
Security personnel and police at a barricade in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on Friday, September 06, 2019.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Security personnel and police at a barricade in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on Friday, September 06, 2019.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)

Pakistan claims backing of 60 countries on its Jammu and Kashmir statement

Hindustan Times, | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 04:43 PM IST
The text of the statement was posted on the website of the Foreign Office after it was delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, but Pakistan did not identify the nations purportedly supporting it.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi adopted a maximalist position and raised the possibility of a war(AFP)
Shah Mahmood Qureshi adopted a maximalist position and raised the possibility of a war(AFP)

Kashmir: The diplomatic battle

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2019 07:25 PM IST
Pakistan failed at the UNHRC. The next battle is in New York
Security personnel stands guard at a road in Srinagar on Monday, September 9, 2019.(PTI)
Security personnel stands guard at a road in Srinagar on Monday, September 9, 2019.(PTI)

On India, Pakistan back-and-forth over Kashmir, UN chief delivers clear message

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 01:00 AM IST
India and Pakistan had clashed at the UNHRC in Geneva on Tuesday over New Delhi revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status last month.
Switzerland, September 10 (ANI): Secretary (East) MEA, Vijay Thakur Singh (C) at the UNHRC in Geneva on Tuesday. ()(ANI Photo)
Switzerland, September 10 (ANI): Secretary (East) MEA, Vijay Thakur Singh (C) at the UNHRC in Geneva on Tuesday. ()(ANI Photo)

Pak’s J&K pitch a ploy to push terrorism: India

UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 12:02 AM IST
Without naming Pakistan, India maintained that it had suffered from the activities of “practitioners of state sponsored terrorism” and time has come for firm action against terror groups and their abettors.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Geneva on Sept 10, 2019. (ANI photo)
Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Geneva on Sept 10, 2019. (ANI photo)

‘Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir’: Pak foreign minister in Geneva

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 02:53 AM IST
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is leading his country’s delegation at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)session in Geneva, questioned why New Delhi was not allowing international media into the “Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.”
According to the procedure laid down by the top UN body on human rights, Pakistan will need a majority support in the 47-member body to even get the council to take up the debate or resolution. (PTI Photo)
According to the procedure laid down by the top UN body on human rights, Pakistan will need a majority support in the 47-member body to even get the council to take up the debate or resolution. (PTI Photo)

‘Not so easy’: Pak struggles to get support for Kashmir move at Geneva

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 02:29 AM IST
As the world body on human rights gets down to business, the Indian assessment is that Qureshi and Pakistan might have to lower the bar on what they can sell to its domestic audience as a victory.
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