Bangladesh’s RAB force in UN peacekeeping missions (Photo: HumanRightWatch)

Rights groups seek ban on Bangladesh’s RAB force in UN peacekeeping missions

Twelve rights groups, including Amnesty International, had privately written to the United Nations (UN) two months ago seeking a ban on the deployment of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite paramilitary force, in UN peacekeeping missions

Re-energised Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan aiding Pakistan-based Lashkar, Jaish, warns India At UN

The era of classifying terrorists as "your terrorist" and "my terrorist" was over, said India

'Future looks dark' for Afghan women: Taliban attempting to ‘erase’ women and girls from public life: UN rights experts

The Taliban through a “wave of measures” are attempting to “erase" women and girls from public life, UN rights experts have said, highlighting what they call “collective punishment” of women by enforcing "gender-biased and harmful" policies

Deadly Delta wave killed 240,000 people in India last year; ‘similar episodes’ could take place in near term: UN report

A United Nations report said on Thursday that the deadly wave of Covid-19 Delta variant led to the loss of 240,000 lives in India in three months between April and June in 2021 and disrupted economic recovery, and warned that “similar episodes” could take place in the near term

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India criticises selectiveness on religious phobias, says 'anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist, anti-Sikh phobias' ignored

India on Tuesday hit out at double standards in fighting religious phobias that ignores “anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh phobias” and thus encourages those propagating those ideas

Terrorism will continue as most crucial threat for peace: India at UN

India on Tuesday said that terrorism will continue as the single most crucial threat for peace and security and one of the biggest obstacles to achieving the common agenda of the United Nations

UN signs deal with Bangladesh to provide basic services to Rohingya refugees in Bhasan Char island

Bangladesh has signed a deal with a UN refugee agency to help provide basic services to Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh’s Bhasan Char, an isolated island currently housing around 19,000 Myanmar refugees

UN seeking wheat from India for food-starved Afghanistan

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is in talks with India for wheat donation to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan that is facing a food crisis, according to the WFP official in that country

Bangladesh affirms a no-tolerance policy on terrorism; says it should not be associated with any religion or faith

Bangladesh, a country that has faced terrorism for several years, has reaffirmed its zero-tolerance policy against the menace in all its forms and manifestations, mentioning that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, race, faith, culture, ethnicity or society

India asks UN panel to condemn Pakistan for disrupting disarmament efforts

India has called on the UN committee dealing with disarmament to condemn Pakistan for its “nefarious and vicious” attempts to disrupt its work

UNSC reforms: UNGA President Abdulla Shahid to appoint reform negotiation heads soon

Abdulla Shahid, the Maldivian president of the UN General Assembly, has said he will appoint the leaders of the negotiating process for Security Council reforms before the Assembly debate next month on the topic to begin work early on the process

UNGA session ends without speech by Afghan delegate

The 76th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly ended on Monday without a speech by the representative of Afghanistan as Ghulam Isaczai, the UN-recognized Afghan envoy, decided not to speak

UN chief hopeful dialogue between India and Pakistan can still happen - despite public acrimony

Despite the strong exchanges between India and Pakistan at the high-level General Assembly session last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is hopeful that a dialogue between them is possible

Afghanistan representative of elected government drops out of UNGA; Myanmar also drops out

Ghulam Isaczai, the permanent representative of the elected government of Afghanistan, has withdrawn from speaking at the high-level General Assembly meeting, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric confirmed on Monday. No reason was given

Democracy has delivered in India: Modi at UN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described India as the “mother of democracy”, and said “democracy can deliver” and “has delivered”

Pakistan nurtures terrorists in its backyard, says India after Imran Khan’s tirade

India has denounced Pakistan as a patron of terrorism and a suppressor of minorities in reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's tirade against the country

UN Secretary-General praises Bangladesh’s development ‘miracle'

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has lauded Bangladesh for the way it has come up in overall development, calling it a “miracle”

Action, not words or rhetoric: Bangladesh PM Hasina reminds world of Rohingyas

The world community needs to turn its “words and rhetoric” into “actions” for a sustainable solution, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said underlining the urgency to resolve the Rohingya refugees issue at the same time warning that the delay would have “consequences” beyond her country’s borders and could “jeopardize” the collective security as refugees remain “prone” to extremists ideologies

UNSC reform allies to push for reform negotiations within timeframe

India and its three allies in the quest for Security Council reform - Brazil, Germany and Japan - have called for a determined push for the adoption of a text for conducting the negotiations and to set a time-frame for the changes

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