Free Press Journal
  • US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council, condemns shameless hypocrisy

    Washington: The US withdrew today from the UN Human Rights Council and condemned its “shameless hypocrisy” in absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those committing no offence, saying America will not take lectures from hypocritical institutions.

  • ‘HR Council will decide on a course of action in Kashmir’ UN 

    United Nations : Members of the UN Human Rights Council will decide on the future course of action on the human rights chief’s call for a high-level independent international probe into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir and PoK, a spokesperson for UN chief Antonio Guterres has said.

  • UN Chief thanks India for strong, sustained support to peacekeeping

    United Nations :  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has thanked India for its “strong and sustained” support to peacekeeping as he honoured the memory of the 163 Indian peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

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    UN warns of critical Syria refugee budget shortfall

    Amman: The United Nations made an “urgent and critical” appeal today for donations to its main aid budget for Syrian refugees, currently four-fifths short of the total needed for the year.

  • Violence against Afghan women carried out with impunity: UN

    Kabul: The United Nations issued a blistering report today accusing the Afghan state of violating women’s rights by failing to prosecute criminal violence against them, underscoring widespread gender brutality nearly 17 years after the Taliban’s fall.

  • Pivotal role of women trailblazers from India, developing countries in United Nations lauded

    United Nations: From Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit to Hansa Jivraj Mehta, the pivotal role played by trailblazing women from India and other developing nations in the UN since its inception was lauded here, as it was highlighted that many women in senior positions across the world body hailed from developing and not the developed countries.

  • Most Indian students prefer science, tech degrees, says UN panel

    United Nations: India leads the world in the number of students getting bachelors degrees in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

  • United Nations calls for safe release of Indian engineers kidnapped in Afghanistan

    United Nations: The UN has called for the speedy and safe release of the seven Indian engineers abducted in Afghanistan’s restive northern Baghlan province. The abducted Indian engineers were working on a project for the construction of a power sub-station in Afghanistan. They were abducted by militants from the vicinity of Cheshma-e-Sher area on Sunday while they were going to inspect the work on the project.

  • Pakistan raises Kashmir issue at UN Committee on Information; India objects

    United Nations: Pakistan has raked up the issue of alleged human rights violation in Kashmir at the UN’s Committee on Information to which India raised strong objection, saying it was irrelevant to the work of the panel. Pakistan’s delegate Masood Anwar, addressing a session of Committee on Information yesterday, raised the issue of Kashmir alleging that human rights violations are taking place against the people of Kashmir.

  • Thousands flee fresh clashes in northern Myanmar, says UN 

    Yangon: Thousands of people have fled renewed fighting between Myanmar’s army and ethnic insurgents in the country’s remote north, a United Nations official said, as a long-simmering conflict intensifies. More than 4,000 people have been displaced in Myanmar’s northernmost state of Kachin near the border with China in the last three weeks, Mark Cutts, the head of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told AFP late last night.

  • UN’s peace building efforts struggling due to inadequate funding, says India

    United Nations : Highlighting that funds available for UN’s peacebuilding efforts are barely one per cent of the annual peacekeeping budget, India has told a high-level meeting here that UN’s peace building efforts are “struggling” due to inadequate funding, a result of genuine political will.

  • India wins elections to key UN panels

    United Nations : India has won an election to a crucial non-governmental organisation committee in the UN after garnering the highest number of votes besides getting elected by acclamation to other subsidiary bodies in five separate polls.

  • First Rohingya family repatriated to Myanmar

    Yangon : Myanmar’s government said it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya out of some 700,000 refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape a brutal military campaign, despite UN warnings that a safe return is not yet possible.

  • World Creativity and Innovation Day: An idea to change the world

    After 17 years, United Nations will officially mark World Creativity and Innovation Day on April 21 for the first time. By 2020, creativity will be one of the top skills employees will need to keep ahead of the curve. Pritha Banerjee looks at how creativity became mainstream

  • ‘Most serious threat’ to int’l peace, security, says Guterres

    United Nations : Syria represents the “most serious threat” to international peace and security, UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Saturday, urging all the member states to show restraint and avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen suffering of the Syrian people.

  • Syria chemical attack: China calls on UNSC to launch probe

    Beijing : China’s representative in the United Nations called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take up the responsibility to build unity and consensus and do its utmost to prevent incidents like chemical attacks in Syria’s Douma which claimed lives of more than 50 people.