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India criticises use of human rights political tool for ‘selective shaming’

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United Nations:Taking aim at double standards on human rights, India has criticised its selective invocation as a political tool to go after certain countries.

Human rights must “not be used as political tools” as it would be counterproductive, Indian diplomat Mayank Joshi told a General Assembly Committee that deals with social and humanitarian affairs on Friday.

“Selective naming and shaming of countries and intrusive monitoring not only go against the principles of impartiality, neutrality, objectivity and non-interference but also deters cooperation from the country concerned,” he said. “We would like to reiterate that long-term and sustained improvements in human rights can be achieved only through the cooperation and full participation of the concerned state.”

He did not name countries practising double standards or those that were targeted.

Joshi, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission, drew attention to terrorism being a violation of human rights. “The scourge of terrorism continues to pose a serious challenge to the full enjoyment of human rights, violating the most fundamental right to life,” he said.

Calling for a zero tolerance policy towards terrorists, he said, “The international community has a responsibility to cooperate fully to root out all kinds of financial, moral and material support to terrorists and their activities.”

He called for a broad approach to human rights and said it “cannot be approached in isolation, ignoring the complex and intricate relationship between human rights, development, democracy and international cooperation”.

Joshi outlined India’s efforts to promote human rights in the socio-economic sphere mentioning the Food Security Act and the Right to Education Act and the launch of nation-wide insurance programs for social security coverage to millions of poor and disadvantaged people.

“As a multi-religious, multiethnic, multicultural country, we take great pride in our unity in diversity and support all efforts to build bridges of understanding between nations, peoples, religions and cultures,” Joshi said. “We steadfastly reject all doctrines of exclusion based on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

(IANS)

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Uber Launches Campaign for Women and Youth in India

New Uber initiatives to empower women, youth in India

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A campaign by Uber will empower youth and women in India. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to make daily commute safer for women in India, ride hailing giant Uber on Friday launched a new campaign for Uber Auto, which also aims to empower riders with seamless shared mobility solutions.

The company also launched an Uber Moto campaign for youth with convenient doorstep pickup to help them save time from arduous commute and use that time to up-skill themselves.

“At Uber, we’re committed to simplifying the lives of our riders by addressing their everyday challenges through multi-modal mobility solutions,” Manisha Lath Gupta-Marketing Director, Uber India and South Asia, told IANS.

“We believe that our youth have immense potential, however, lack of safe and reliable commuting options often limits their aspirations. In a small yet meaningful way, we are delighted to support the aspirations of millions of men and women to move forward,” Gupta added.

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The Uber Auto campaign in India is titled as “Badey Iradon Ki Chhoti Sawaari,”. Pixabay

Targeted primarily at women commuters, the cab hailing giant’s Auto campaign, titled “Badey Iradon Ki Chhoti Sawaari,” aims to provide women safe, reliable yet affordable travel options, thus, enabling them to fulfil their aspirations.

Instead of being dependent on friends and family for picking and dropping them, or standing on roads waiting to find a reliable mode of transport, Uber Auto allows women to step out whenever they need to.

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The company’s Moto campaign, titled “Sapno Par Hoja Sawaar” aims to inspire the young working professionals whose aspirations get dampened because they spend long hours commuting and have to change multiple modes of transport to find the most economical option.

Both the campaigns would be seen across digital, print and out-of-home advertising (OOH) platforms, said Uber. (IANS)