Russia, Saudi Arabia play 'who-blinks-first' over crude price; scramble over market share gives Indian oil firms 'additional bargaining power'
The exacting decision by Riyadh to spike production was triggered by the failure on Friday to strike a deal with Russia on a new round of OPEC+ production cuts to arrest swooning oil prices owing to the novel coronavirus.
Pakistan witnesses no let-up in executions by military courts, UN Human Rights Committee expresses concern
The United Nations (UN) has asked Pakistan to review the legislation relating to military courts that gives them the authority to impose the death penalty, reform military courts to ensure fair trial and to ensure that coerced confessions are never admissible in legal proceedings, after a recent, first-ever UN review of the country’s record of implementing its civil and political rights.
Myanmar human rights issue worsens, with Rohingyas denied access to international organisations
The human rights situation in some of Myanmar’s states is deteriorating, with reports of the use of human shields by the armed forces, while the situation of Rohingyas has become “more complicated”, a United Nations (UN) investigator said on Monday at the end of a 12-day official mission to the country.
India takes potshots at Donald Trump administration at Geneva, says nationalist politics hurt multilateralism
Inward-looking policies of countries is killing multilateralism, New Delhi said in Geneva, adding that growing trade protectionism is also a matter of concern
State-sponsored torture of Tamils 'routine and endemic' in Sri Lanka, reveals UN fact-finding mission
Torture is "routine and endemic" in Sri Lanka and the Tamil community in the country has taken the brunt of it, a UN expert has concluded at the end of a fact-finding mission to the island-nation.
UN committee asks Sri Lanka to end military involvement in commercial, civilian activities
A United Nations (UN) committee has recommended to the Sri Lankan government that the military end its involvement in commercial and civilian activities.
UN slams Pakistan over repeated terrorist attacks on schools, police abuse of Afghan refugees
The United Nations (UN) is “concerned” about continuing terrorist attacks on educational institutions and the military’s use of schools, especially in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan, a report of the UN’s review of Pakistan’s social, cultural and economic rights says.
US pressure on India to grant more patents on pharma products 'appalling', say health advocates
Top health advocates have called the attempt by the US to pressure India to grant additional patents on drugs and vaccines as “appalling” and are writing a letter to a US lawmaker to register their protest
India tells Pakistan to stop acting as 'epicentre' of terrorism, raking up Kashmir issue
Pakistan’s "blatant" abuse of human rights in Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, including the persecution of minorities, is creating a "cauldron of tumult" in the entire region, India told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday
US-led air strikes on Raqqa displaced 1,60,000 people: UN war crime investigators
The United States-led coalition air strikes on Raqqa has resulted in a “staggering loss” of civilian lives with as many as 1,60,000 people being internally displaced, United Nations war crime investigators said on Wednesday.
Kashmir protests: 'Concrete evidence' on cross-border support given to Pakistan, India tells UNHRC
India has handed over “concrete evidence” to Pakistan that the protests in Kashmir are supported from across the border and that designated terrorist organisations continue to operate “freely” in Pakistan, India told the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on Tuesday in response to a Pakistani statement.
India says its not the only victim of Pakistan-sponsored terror, urges swift end to 'terror factories'
India is not the only victim of Pakistan's "nurturing" of terrorism, it told the United Nations HRC on Wednesday, saying the effects of this are felt in south Asia and beyond
New Delhi objects to 'India-administered Kashmir' term, decries UN's 'naming and shaming' countries
The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an "integral part of India" and therefore the neutrality of the term "India-administered Kashmir" is artificial, New Delhi told the UN human rights council
Kashmir issue: UN human rights chief says denial of 'unconditional access' to troubled regions will lead to remote monitoring
The UN human rights chief reiterated his request for “unconditional access” of his office to the troubled regions of “India-administered Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir” warning that the denial of access will eventually lead to “various forms of remote monitoring” by his office and making the reports public.
Zika virus cases detected in India: Thorough investigation, educating masses is need of the hour
The Zika virus, a public heath emergency that continues to grow, has the potential to cause widespread harm to the health of people in India.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the new WHO chief, the first African to get top job
Tedros 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.
India's health budget among the smallest globally; maternal mortality rate one of the highest in South Asia: WHO
India 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.
Kashmir unrest: Ban on social media, internet services impinges on 'fundamental rights', say UN experts
UN 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”.
At UNHRC, India's third UPR report adopted with as many as 250 recommendations
The 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
At India's human rights record review, A-G Mukul Rohatgi cites country's secular, non-violent character
As 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.