‘UN’s Security Council is grossly unrepresentative’

New Delhi/ United Nations: India said the United Nations Security Council was grossly unrepresentative of the wider international community and questioned how it can pursue the responsibility to prevent genocide, crimes and humanity.

“How can we ensure commonly accepted legal definitions of the crimes that we are discussing?” asked Akbaruddin. “Which body should be competent enough to take such a decision? What happens if such a body is grossly unrepresentative of the wider international community and contemporary global realities?” UN Syed Akbaruddin

India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin made the remarks during a General Assembly debate about “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against Humanity”.

He also said the security council’s record of addressing challenges and its legitimacy were under “serious question”.

Akbaruddin said India’s position is that the responsibility to protect its population is one of the foremost responsibilities. He, however, said the ability of the international community to take appropriate collective action if a state fails to fulfill its responsibility to protect its population, is ridden with serious gaps that need to be answered.

“The quest for a more just global order should not take place in a manner that will undermine international order itself,” Akbaruddin said. He said that experience shows that the implementation of the notion of Responsibility to Protect so as to prevent, or stop major internal abuses within a state has been used to frame or justify interventions by external powers in several instances.

Earlier on Tuesday, India objected to Pakistan’s reference to alleged “egregious crimes” in Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly. No amount of “empty rhetoric” by Pakistan will change the reality that the state is an “inalienable” part of India, the Indian representative said.

[highlight color=”blue”]Akbaruddin’s remarks came during a UN General Assembly general debate on Monday on The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against Humanity’. [/highlight]

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How can we ensure commonly accepted legal definitions of the crimes that we are discussing?” asked Akbaruddin. “Which body should be competent enough to take such a decision? What happens if such a body is grossly unrepresentative of the wider international community and contemporary global realities?

‘J&K integral part of India, no empty rhetoric will change reality’

  • India told Pakistan that no amount of empty rhetoric by it will change the reality that Jammu and Kashmir is an inalienable part of India after Islamabad’s envoy to the United Nations (UN) made a reference to the Indian state at a UN General Assembly debate.
  • The first secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu said the cynical attempts by Pakistan to raise the Kashmir issue in the UN have failed in the past and do not find any resonance in the UN body. ‘I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,’ he said.
  • In her remarks earlier in the day, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had said if the international community is ‘selective’ in its approach where it is expressing indignation at some transgressions while choosing to willfully ignore others, then any norm will be quickly turned into mere pretense.

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