The recent eight-month conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has resulted in the famine which as per the UN officials is affecting more than 400,000 people.
On Monday, the UN’s latest report on “Children and Armed Conflict” was presented in the UN Security Council for an open debate. In the report chapter on India, Antonio Guterres, the Security General of the UN made the following observations.
Grave violations against children remained “alarmingly high” at nearly 26,500, while the pandemic increased their vulnerability to abduction, recruitment and sexual violence, as well as attacks on schools and hospitals.
Taking the oath of office in the General Assembly Hall, Mr. Guterres said he was aware of the immense responsibilities bestowed on him at this critical moment in history.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in New York on Friday which condemns the military’s use of lethal force and violence and supports the efforts by the Special Envoy and regional bloc ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
UN appeals judges have upheld the convictions of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, 78, known as the “Butcher of Bosnia,” for his role in the genocide in Srebrenica, the siege of Sarajevo, and other war crimes.
Now, the concerns have been raised by the United Nations experts over “repressive measures and broader pattern of systematic infringements of fundamental rights” in Indian-administered Kashmir and the response of the Indian government has been sought on allegations of violation of rights in the region.
UN human rights experts* today expressed concerns about a series of attacks, resulting in the deaths of at least two children, by illegal miners in the Munduruku and Yanomami indigenous lands, and called on the Brazilian authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible.
On March 30, 2021, a conference was organized to mark the fourth anniversary of the United Nations Faith for Rights declaration. During the conference, a short video on gender equality was released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. In that video, four stanzas from the ‘Guru Granth Sahib Ji’ were included. The stanzas were read by eminent scholar and human rights activist Dr. Iqtidar Cheema.
On Tuesday, the UN Human rights council got the resolution which has given UN Rights chief Michelle Bachelet a mandate to gather and preserve the evidence and information of the war crimes committed by Sri Lanka during the civil war from 1983-2009. 22 countries voted in the favor of the resolution while India and Japan were among 14 countries which abstained from voting. Eleven countries, including Pakistan, China and Russia, voted against the resolution.