India abstains from HRC vote calling Gaza ceasefire

Syllabus: GS-II; Subject: International Relations Topic: International institutions, agencies and fora, Issue: HRC Voting.

Context: India’s stance on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution calling for immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Demands of the Resolution: Top of Form

  • Israel, the occupying Power, end its occupation of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.
  • India abstained along with several other countries, including France, Japan, Netherlands, and Romania.
  • Countries voting in favour included Bangladesh, Brazil, China, and others.
  • The resolution condemned Israeli actions, including those potentially amounting to ethnic cleansing.
UNHRC UN Human Rights Council

·                  Inter-governmental body within the UN, promoting global human rights.

·                  Ensures universal respect for human rights, addressing violations.

·                  Founded in 2006.

·                  Investigates human rights breaches, tackles key issues like freedom of expression and minority rights.

·                  Membership: 47 Member States elected by UN General Assembly, ensuring equitable geographical representation.

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