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India slams UN Security Council for taking Months to consider Terrorist Masood Azhar Issue

After India bid at the UN to declare Azhar as a terrorist, China extended the technical hold on the bid

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United Nations, November 8, 2016: India has strongly criticized the Security Council for holding the India’s bid to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar by the UN. The Council is taking a long time to sanction leaders of groups who have declared themselves as terror entities.

Masood Azhar is the leader and founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist group. The group is active in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Due to his history of terrorism activities, he is among the top 10 most wanted terrorists of India.

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Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN ambassador has slammed the Council for its inability to deal with the terrorist groups of the world. He said that the council is busy in its own politics and time warp.

At a session, on the increase in the membership and the equitable representation, Akbaruddin said, “While our collective conscience is ravaged everyday by terrorists in some region or another, the Security Council gives itself 9 months to consider whether to sanction leaders of organizations it has itself designated as terrorist entities,” mentioned PTI.

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After India bid at the UN to declare Azhar as a terrorist, China extended the technical hold on the bid. After six months, in September, the validity of the technical hold passed but China put another three month extension on the bid.

Akbaruddin criticized the slow and the never ending long discussions on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). He said that the Council has become unresponsive to the current situations of the world. It’s time to reform the body and break the impasse.

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The inability to respond to humanitarian situations, terrorist threats and peacekeeping vulnerabilities during this year itself are part of the price that is being paid for the international community’s lack of progress on the critical matter, he noted.

According to Akbaruddin, the council has lost its ability to deal with terrorist threats, humanitarian situations and peacekeeping vulnerabilities.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram with inputs from PTI. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Facebook, Twitter Urged to Do More to Police Hate on Sites

Twitter to soon release Snapchat like feature. VOA
Twitter to soon release Snapchat like feature. VOA

Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google are taking steps to police terrorists and hate groups on their sites, but more work needs to be done, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday.

The organization released its annual digital terrorism and hate report card and gave a B-plus to Facebook, a B-minus to Twitter and a C-plus to Google.

Facebook spokeswoman Christine Chen said the company had no comment on the report. Representatives for Google and Twitter did not immediately return emails seeking comment.

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Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
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Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, said Facebook in particular built “a recognition that bad folks might try to use their platform” as its business model. “There is plenty of material they haven’t dealt with to our satisfaction, but overall, especially in terms of hate, there’s zero tolerance,” Cooper said at a New York City news conference.

Rick Eaton, a senior researcher at the Wiesenthal Center, said hateful and violent posts on Instagram, which is part of Facebook, are quickly removed, but not before they can be widely shared.

He pointed to Instagram posts threatening terror attacks at the upcoming World Cup in Moscow. Another post promoted suicide attacks with the message, “You only die once. Why not make it martyrdom.”

Cooper said Twitter used to merit an F rating before it started cracking down on Islamic State tweets in 2016. He said the move came after testimony before a congressional committee revealed that “ISIS was delivering 200,000 tweets a day.”

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This photo shows Facebook launched on an iPhone, in North Andover, Mass., June 19, 2017. VOA

Cooper and Eaton said that as the big tech companies have gotten more aggressive in shutting down accounts that promote terrorism, racism and anti-Semitism, promoters of terrorism and hate have migrated to other sites such as, a Facebook lookalike that’s based in Russia.

There also are “alt-tech” sites like GoyFundMe, an alternative to GoFundMe, and BitChute, an alternative to Google-owned YouTube, Cooper said.

“If there’s an existing company that will give them a platform without looking too much at the content, they’ll use it,” he said. “But if not, they are attracted to those platforms that have basically no rules.”

The Los Angeles-based Wiesenthal Center is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism. (VOA)