Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen down 80%: U.N. envoy
Friday, 22 November 2019 United Nations Yemenenvoy Martin Griffiths told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the number of air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen has dropped nearly 80% in the last two weeks.
At the center of Yemen's capital Sanaa, a city battered by years of war and months of pandemic, a row of young girls in red, white and black white uniforms pummel punching bags and practice self defense.
Across Yemen, health, sanitation and nutrition services that keep millions from starvation and disease are gradually closing amid an acute funding shortage to deal with the world's largest humanitarian crisis. Joe Davies reports.
Five Republican U.S. senators have urged Netflix to reconsider plans to adapt a Chinese science-fiction book trilogy into a TV series because they said the author has defended the Chinese government's treatment of Uighur Muslims. Gloria Tso reports.
Pakistan’s brutality in territories it has occupied has been exposed at the United Nations Human Rights Council. World Sindhi Congress Secretary General, Lakhu Luhano highlighted the issues of enforced disappearances and extra judicially killings of Sindhi people by Pakistan. ‘The Pakistani agencies are using enforced disappearances as a tool to spread terror to ruthlessly silence their voice. Sindhi people have been raising voice through hundreds of rallies, hunger strikes, protests and petitions but sadly judicial system of Pakistan provided no remedy,’ Luhano said. Luhano requested the council to fulfil its responsibility to save Sindhi people from enforced disappearances by Pakistan state agencies. The Pakistan’s brutal strategies were also exposed by PoK activist Mohd Sajjad Raja. He said that Pakistan has taken away all civil, political and constitutional rights of people in PoK. He said that they are treated like traitors in their own homeland and said that Pakistan has been brainwashing youth on both sides of the border. He also called on the UN body to act against Pakistan’s brutalities. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) activist, Mohd Sajjad Raja pleaded the UN to stop Pakistan from treating the people of region like animals at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Mohd Sajjad Raja said, "We the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir plead UN to stop Pakistan from treating us like animals. Azad Kashmir Election Act (2020) has taken away our political, civil and Constitutional rights. We're treated as traitors in our own home. By declaring our political activities illegal, this act gives the Pakistani Army a free hand to assassinate our people through targeted killing and enforced disappearances. Pakistan is brainwashing the youth of both sides of the border in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan continues to run terror camp from Azad Kashmir."
The United States appears to be getting on China's very last nerve. That is, if the remarks made by China's Ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday truly reflects Beijing's sentiments. According to CNN, at a tense meeting of the UN Security Council, Zhang Jun said Thursday that the US has 'created enough troubles for the world already.' Zhang Jun's comments was a retort to US Representative to the UN Kelly Craft, who accused China of hiding the virus's origin and minimizing its danger.
The European Foundation for South Asian Studies, a think-tank based in Amsterdam has exposed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists in its territory during the ongoing 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Genava. In her intervention, Veronica Ekelund, Research Analyst at EFSAS said that Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have time and again confessed at international platforms that their country shelters terrorists. "Respect for human rights is universal and paramount and applies to all countries, including Pakistan. And, Terrorism inherently undermines the promotion and protection of human rights. Talking to CNN in February 2019, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi admitted that UN designated Terrorist and Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Masood Azhar, resides in Pakistan. To BBC in March 2019, Mr. Qureshi also confessed that his Government and Jaish-e-Mohammed maintained official contact", Veronica told UN. She added, "In July 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan told the US Institute of Peace in Washington that his country hosts 40,000 terrorists. In June 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan referred to Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden as a "Martyr" in the country's Parliament. Last month, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged the presence of UN Designated Terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim on its territory". Veronica said that Pakistani officials have time and again confessed; the country continues to be a safe haven for terrorists and terrorist organizations. "The UN Security Council's consolidated list of terrorist individuals and entities includes 146 entries from Pakistan. With all due respect, I am compelled to ask. Why is Pakistan still a member of this august Council?", she said in her intervention.
India's Permanent Representative to United Nations TS Tirumurti spoke on the upcoming General Assembly session. Tirumurti said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address will be the highlight of India's participation. PM Modi will participate in two debates in the high-level segments beginning from September 21. "This time UN General Assembly will be historic and in more than one way. India's highlight will be participation of PM Modi in two debates. First is a general debate where he will deliver our national statement. Other is the high-level plenary meeting to commemorate UN's 75th anniversary. PM's address will certainly be the highlight of our participation in UNGA," Tirumurti said. He added. "We are entering UN Security Council at a very interesting if not critical juncture. We will be entering Security Council during the 75th year of UN. The world is different from the one that was when we were last in council. We have set forth our priorities which include peace & security related issues."
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