Terrorism continues to be one of many gravest threats to humankind: Jaishankar

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Describing terrorism as one of many gravest threats to humankind, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned on Tuesday that the our bodies coping with human rights ought to realise that terrorism can by no means be justified, nor its perpetrators ever equated with its victims.

Speaking on the high-level phase of 46th session of Human Rights Council, Jaishankar mentioned terrorism is a criminal offense towards humanity and violates probably the most basic human proper particularly the correct to life.

“Terrorism continues to be one of the gravest threats to humankind,” he mentioned in a digital tackle.

“As a long-standing victim, India has been at forefront of global action against terrorism. It’s possible only when there’s a clear realisation, including in bodies dealing with human rights, that terrorism can never be justified nor its perpetrators ever equated with its victims,” he mentioned.

He mentioned India introduced final month on the UN an eight-point motion plan to cope with the scourge of terrorism. “We will continue to work together with members of the UNSC and other states to ensure implementation of our action plan,” he added.

He mentioned that the human rights agenda continues to face extreme challenges, most of all from terrorism. The perennial issues stay equally sturdy, be it international inequities or armed conflicts, he mentioned.

“The ongoing pandemic has complicated the situation in many geographies. There is a need for us to come together to overcome these challenges. At the same time, multilateral institutions and mechanisms need to be reformed to deal with these challenges effectively,” he added.

He mentioned that the violation of and gaps in implementation of human rights needs to be addressed in a good and simply method with objectivity, non-selectivity, transparency and with due respect to the rules of non-interference in inside affairs and nationwide sovereignty.

Jaishankar mentioned India’s approach to the UNHRC is guided by spirit of engagement, dialogue and session. “Equal emphasis should be placed on promotion and protection of human rights. They’re best pursued via dialogue, consultation and cooperation amongst states and technical assistance and capacity building,” the minister mentioned.

“Our Constitution has enshrined basic human rights as fundamental rights, guaranteeing civil and political rights, stipulating provisions for progressive realisation of economic, social and cultural rights,” he added.

He mentioned India ensured that primary wants had been very successfully addressed even throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

“As we address the health front at home, we responded to the world in equal measure. We provided essential medicines and equipment to more than 150 countries to assist them in this fight,” he mentioned.

“In the same spirit, India has pledged to use its vaccine manufacturing capacity to make vaccines accessible and affordable to all. From Bangladesh to Brazil, and from Morocco to Fiji, the pharmacy of the world is today supplying millions of vaccine doses to more than 70 countries,” he added.