Articles by Shreerupa Mitra
May 23, 2017
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the new WHO chief, the first African to get top jobTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian health minister, has been chosen to head the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is the first African to do so since the creation of the United Nations agency in 1948.
May 20, 2017
India's health budget among the smallest globally; maternal mortality rate one of the highest in South Asia: WHOIndia grapples with one of the highest Maternal Mortality Rates (MMR) in South East Asia, has one of the highest incidences of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) but has one of the smallest health budgets globally, a new WHO report shows.
May 11, 2017
Kashmir unrest: Ban on social media, internet services impinges on 'fundamental rights', say UN expertsUN human rights experts have called on India to “immediately” lift its ban on social media and mobile internet services arguing that the move is a “collective punishment” and impinges on the “fundamental rights of everyone in Kashmir”.
May 10, 2017
At UNHRC, India's third UPR report adopted with as many as 250 recommendationsThe UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the report on the review of the human rights situation in India on Tuesday with as many as 250 recommendations
May 05, 2017
At India's human rights record review, A-G Mukul Rohatgi cites country's secular, non-violent characterAs India’s human rights record was reviewed, such themes as ratifying the UN’s Convention Against Torture (CAT), protection of religious and other minorities, criminalising marital rape and reviewing the Foreign Contribution Regulatory Act (FCRA) were raised by foreign governments at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday.
May 04, 2017
UN reviews human rights in India: Excessive use of force in Kashmir, violence against minorities among key issuesThe UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) has flagged a number of issues, including excessive use of force in Jammu and Kashmir, caste-based violence and violence against minorities and criminalisation of same-sex relations
Apr 21, 2017
UN committee questions Pakistan on harbouring terrorist groups, including those in KashmirThe United Nations is concerned that Pakistan was not “adequately exercising due diligence” to prevent violence by members of extremist groups.
Apr 12, 2017
Pakistan closes Durand Line, causes $90 mn trade loss for AfghanistanThe “unilateral” blocking of the Durand Line by Pakistan choked off trade and caused damages of up to $90 million, Kabul complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) last week.
Apr 04, 2017
UN chief Antonio Guterres urges governments to develop protocol for peacekeepers in light of sex crimesSix peacekeeping missions, including the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), had no allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse to report in 2016.
Mar 15, 2017
India, Pakistan spar at UNHRC over Kashmir as New Delhi calls Islamabad 'world's terrorism factory'Minorities have held positions at the highest levels in India, including becoming presidents and vice-presidents, while Pakistan only has blasphemy laws for their minorities, India retorted at the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).