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Deletion of Rights from UNSC Statement on Mumbai Was Work of a P-5, Consensus

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 28, updated Sept 29 -- The UN Security Council press statements issues this year about terrorist attacks in India, Mumbai in July then Delhi earlier this month, do not include the previously standard human rights injunction that "measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.”

  On September 28, Inner City Press asked India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri about it, on camera, and he said it was removed at the request of a Permanent member of the Council and that he would tell Inner City Press which one after the briefing. Video here, from Minute 17.

After the briefing, he told Inner City Press who it was -- but this Mission has declined to comment, even 20 hours later, and Thursday's emphasis is that despite the originator, it was all by consensus in the end...

 It has been argued, not from the Mission concerned, that human rights injunctions to the world's largest democracy might be unnecessary, or that since Permanent members like Russia have been exempt from the human rights paragraph, India should too.

  But the paragraph has still applied to others, including Uganda and Nigeria, whose vote against Palestinian UN membership is being courting. So what is the response? That question, and another, remain pending. Watch this site.

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