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India terms Pakistan “a terrorist state”: Ask Pakistan to act against terrorism, India tells UN

The statement comes in the wake of the September 18 cross-border terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 18 soldiers lost their lives

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Geneva, September 27, 2016: India has termed Pakistan “a terrorist state”, and urged the UN Human Rights Council to Islamabad to do an honest introspection and to focus its energies on acting against perpetrators of terrorist attacks on its neighbours from its territory.
“In Pakistan, our region is dealing with a terrorist state, which has for years with complete impunity channelized billions of dollars from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against its neighbours,” India’s Permanent Mission in Geneva said on Monday while exercising its right to reply to a statement by Pakistan at the 33rd Session of of the UNHRC.
“Internationally proscribed terrorist entities and their leaders continue to roam the streets of Pakistan freely and operate with state support; even raising funds openly in flagrant violation of Pakistan’s international obligations,” the Indian mission said in a statement.

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“We call upon the Council to urge Pakistan to engage in honest introspection and focus its energies on acting against perpetrators of terrorist attacks on its neighbours from its own territory.”

The statement comes in the wake of the September 18 cross-border terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 18 soldiers lost their lives.
The attack came amidst large-scale violence in Jammu and Kashmir that has claimed 90 lives in the wake of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in July.
Regretting Pakistan’s continued misuse of the UNHRC to make tendentious references about internal matters pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian statement said: “Their misinformation campaign, backed by fabricated facts and figures on this issue, only reflects the desperation that has seeped into their narrative.”
It said Pakistan’s continued support for terror groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir was the main challenge to protecting the human rights of Indian citizens in the state.
“Pakistan’s selective approach in tackling terror groups operating outside Pakistan and within, despite the numerous solemn promises made underscores the continuing unwillingness to acknowledge the truth,” it stated.

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“We remind the government of Pakistan that it had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 to not allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. The persistent and growing violation of this undertaking is a matter of very serious concern.”
India also sought credible action on the part of Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and the attack on the Pathankot air base in January this year to justice.
“The latest terrorist attack in Uri, where 18 Indian soldiers lost their life and over 20 injured, only underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active,” the statement said.
“The recovery of GPS, grenades with Pakistani markings, communication matrix sheets and equipment and other stores made in Pakistan, and patterns of infiltration and attacks, is clear evidence of the involvement of terror organisations based in Pakistan or territory under its control.”
Demanding that Pakistan should live up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism, India reiterated that it was not the only victim of Pakistan’s preaching, practicing, encouraging and nurturing terrorism. “The deleterious impact of Pakistan’s irresponsible and short-sighted approach of terrorism as state policy has started showing in other countries of South Asia and beyond.”
“It is unfortunate that Pakistan’s trust in the methods of terror is so deep that it does not hesitate from using them on its own people in Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as the tribal areas in its northwest,” the statement said.
“This coupled with the utter disregard for the human rights of religious and sectarian minorities has turned Pakistan into the true epicenter of global terror.”
The Indian mission said that countering terrorism emanating from Pakistan, “that has turned out to be the most acute violator of human rights”, was the only way to address the risk to peace and stability of the region. (IANS)

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Pakistan Elected to UN Human Rights Council along with 14 other countries

The new members will serve a three-year term from January 1, 2018

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United Nations, October 17, 2017 : Fifteen countries, including Pakistan, have been elected to the UN Human Rights Council by the UN General Assembly.

In a vote on Monday, Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine were elected, a Foreign Office statement said.

They will serve a three-year term from January 1, 2018. (IANS)

 

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Lost and Never Found : UN Experts Find Direct Link Between Enforced Disappearances and Migration, Claim Thousands of Migrants are at a High Risk

While enforced disappearances are widespread, it is not possible to document its scale and scope because the practice is hidden and takes place in secret.

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Migrants line up as they wait to be evacuated from a makeshift street camp, in Paris, France Friday, July 7, 2017. Paris authorities are evacuating some 1,500 migrants from a makeshift street camp as Europe faces an upsurge in new arrivals. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (VOA)

Geneva, September 14, 2017 : U.N. experts says thousands of migrants are at high risk of enforced disappearance. A special report by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances accuses states and the international community at large of turning a blind eye to the crime, which generally goes unreported and unpunished.

The report, presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, finds a direct link between enforced disappearances and migration. In some cases, it says, individuals may migrate because they may be at risk of enforced disappearance from their own governments or they could be abducted during their journey for political or other reasons.

It explains enforced disappearances can occur when a migrant is in detention or going through a deportation process. It can be a consequence of smuggling or trafficking.

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While the phenomenon is widespread, the vice chairman of the Working Group on Enforced Disappearance, Bernard Duhaime, told VOA it is not possible to document its scale and scope. That is because the practice is hidden and takes place in secret.

He adds it occurs in almost all parts of the world. For example, he notes cases of enforced disappearances in Libya and among refugees fleeing Syria.

“There are similar instances in South Asia, as well, in particular with the phenomenon of the migration of the Rohingyas. There are also examples documented … migrants crossing through Central America and through Mexico, as well who disappear.… The report refers to networks of traffickers and smugglers in Sudan, Eritrea – in that region, as well,” Duhaime said.

Experts warn the increasingly dangerous routes migrants follow expose them to greater risk of becoming victims of human rights violations, including enforced disappearances.

The report calls on governments to gather all information about people who disappear in or while transiting their countries and to do what they can to locate missing migrants. (VOA)

 

 

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Indian Mission in Houston Shares Helpline Numbers for Texas Floods

On Monday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the 200 Indian students were "surrounded by neck-deep water".

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Houston, August 30, 2017: With some 200 Indian students of the University of Houston affected by floods in the wake of tropical storm Harvey, the Indian mission in the Texas city on Tuesday shared helpline numbers for worried families and relatives back in India.

“We are getting understandably a number of communications from worried friends and relatives in India seeking details about family and friends in distress in Houston due to flooding or informing us about whereabouts of friends/family who might require rescue,” Indian Consul General in Houston Anupam Ray said in a statement.

“We will do our best to help in every such case,” he said.

Ray said that for specific queries about specific individuals, Consul Ravindra Joshi can be contacted at +18322311988, adding that the normal emergency line, +17136262149, was functioning.

“In case the lines are overwhelmed please leave a voice mail and we will return the call,” he added.

As one of the most destructive storms in the US history lashed southeast Texas, forecasts have warned of still more rain, making clear that massive flooding that had turned neighbourhoods into lakes was just the start of a disaster that would take years to overcome, The New York Times reported.

So far, 10 deaths were reported with six of them in Harris county which includes Houston, the country’s fourth largest city, the report said.

On Monday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the 200 Indian students were “surrounded by neck-deep water”.

“We made efforts for delivery of food but US Coast Guard did not allow as boats were required for rescue operations,” she said.

However, later in the evening, Consul General Ray said that the Indian students were safe and have been provided with food. (IANS)