On Tuesday, Pakistan, China, Russia, Uzbekistan and Nepal secured their position on a three- year term to United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in the elections held by General Assembly.
The elected nations will start their term from January 2021. UNHRC is one of the crucial organs of the United Nations to keep a watch and protect Human Rights violations all over the world. It consists of 47 members elected based on equitably distributed five regional division. The General assembly elects the member country who represent at the UNHRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The elections of the recent nations into the Human Rights Council is a mockery of human rights itself.
On-going Human Rights violation by China:
Uyghur Muslim are a Turkic-speaking minority ethnic group with a cultural association to that of East and Central Asia with the highest population in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, China. Their territory was annexed by Chinese Qing dynasty in the 18th century and later replaced by the Republic of China government.
Since 2014, the Chinese government has imposed harsh social, cultural and religious laws over the region to control “extreme communalism.” Uyghurs cannot grow a beard, have a prayer rug or smoke; the government has installed a camera in the houses of these citizens.
An estimated 1 million Uyghur Muslims are kept in mass detention camps with the name of “political education camps” with a motive to ensure complete adherence to Chinese ideologies. Cases of forced labour, forced sterilization and organ harvesting have been reported from these camps.
Physical and emotional abuse on the men by prison guards and any disobedience observe harassment of the victim’s family. The cases of genocide have also been reported.
The media coverage is almost null in China as Freedom of speech is “not a right but a privilege to few” and these few are connected to the government itself.
What’s more shocking is the world’s attention to the on-going detention wherein only Western government and media brought it on fore-front, and many Islamic nations kept their mouth shut with the example of PM Imran Khan talking about “Islamophobia” all over the world in 75th UN Assembly but was silent on Uyghur Muslims.
Russia isn’t far behind in human rights violations:
A crackdown of Opposition with serious chemical weapons is seen in Russia. Anybody who goes against President Putin has been “coincidentally” died with a special nerve agent ‘Novakovic.’
The chemical scientist who developed the nerve agent defected to the USA. The usage of this chemical weapon has increased in the past few years. This outraged the European continent as their spies and officials have been found with “Novakovic” chemical poison.
The nerve agent is primarily prepared to escape detection by international inspectors, and it has a lifetime impact on the victim’s body by destroying communication between nerves and muscles. The recovery is said to lengthy and very painful.
Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition politician, was recently diagnosed with Novakovic on his flight from Siberia to Moscow. He has been a long critic of Putin and calls his regime as “the tsar of corruption.” He was sent to jail several times and kept in detention by the government.
Russian authorities allegedly were trying to stall his stay to make any evidence of chemical go away. However, he was funded by Germans and later shifted to Berlin for treatment.
This has changed many Russian- eburnean relations with German chancellor Angela Merkel blaming Russia with “unequivocal proof” and German government may consider to pull out from Nord system gags pipeline project with Russia.
France, USA, Britain have condemned the act and asked Russia to take responsibility.
Pakistan and decades of Human Rights violation:
Every year thousands of young Christian and Hindu girls are forcibly converted to Islam and sometimes married off as per Movement for Solidarity and Peace (MSP) report. The county has about 10 per cent of the non-Muslim population after the systematic ethnic cleansing programme from the 1950s, and that small population also receives violations in terms of human rights.
The blasphemy laws of Pakistan are already famous, which range up to death penalty and anybody opposing this law was killed. Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, a prominent critic of the law, was shot dead in 2011 by Mumtaz Qadri who was hailed as “Hero” by Islamic majority.
Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan vowed to defend the country’s strict blasphemy laws in his election campaign.
Recently, thousands of Baloch nationalist activists have disappeared from Baluchistan. They remain trackless, and the dead bodies of the activists with army clash are not handed over. There is a growing operation of Gwadar Port of Baluchistan by Chinese authorities as per contract awarded by Pakistan.
Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, slammed UN for electing authoritarian regimes at UNHRC and called it an embarrassment.
The election of China, Russia, and Cuba to the UN Human Rights Council validates the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Council in 2018 and use other venues to protect and promote universal human rights. At #UNGA this year, we did just that.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 13, 2020
USA had quit its position from UNHRC in 2018 with Trump Government being a critique of biases of the United Nations itself.
The executive director at Human Rights Watch criticized the results of the elections.
It takes audacity for the Chinese government to think it deserves a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council as it detains more than one million Uighur/Turkic Muslims to force them to abandon Islam and their culture. https://t.co/ggPLOhHa5C pic.twitter.com/s1vgsKokVt
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) October 11, 2020
India is presently a member of United Nation Human rights council with its tenure ending in 2021.
The elections of tyrant countries of Asia may give them leverage to continue with their exploitation without any responsibility to the forum itself.
All You Need To Know About National Institute Of Food Technology Entrepreneurship And Management Bill 2021
On July 26, 2021, Lok Sabha passed a bill under the ministry of Food Processing Industry. The bill is titled as National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021. The main motive of this bill is to address issues with the Food Processing Industry, Entrepreneurship and one Institution for National Importance. With the passing of this bill, the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) and National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) is now merged as Institutions of National Importance, and it aims at providing various research and advancement in learning about the Food Industry and its associated branches. The bill was first introduced in the house in February 2019 but was pending due to protest by the opposition.
Significance of Institutions of National Importance (INI)
With the passing of this bill, the institutions enjoy greater autonomy through which they can carry out various courses, research attracting skilled faculties and students from all over the country and overseas. Good standards in education will be adopted to improve the present and future of education in this branch and sector, overcoming the technological gap in the country. This law aims to improve and introduce new changes in food, bio-nanotechnology, cold chain technology etc. The desired efforts will be taken in terms of human resources and infrastructure developments, labs for research etc. Liberty to open centres anywhere in India is also granted to INI and include courses regarding food technology certification and improving the workforce of the country.
Some other important features of this act are the Institution has been authorized with the Board of Government, Senate and other acting Authorities. The Council of Board will include 16 members from different branches from the same field. The Head will be Chairperson, who will be a skilled person from the Food Industry, the Director, Dean and Registrar. Members appointed from Centre and State Governments, Members from FSSAI and Council of Agriculture Research, as mentioned in the bill. The 16 members of the board will carry out work of taking administrative decisions, creating annual budgets and paths for institution progress as an organization, establishing departments, their appointment terms of services, faculties etc. The Board of Council also holds power to grant Honorary Degrees and Diplomas. The Senate shall be the principal academic body of the Institute, consisting of the people such as Director as the Chairperson; Registrar; Full-time skilled level Professor; and Three academically skilled Individuals nominated by the board from the field.
The Union Minister of Food Processing Industry, Mr Pashupati Kumar Paras, expressed his gratitude to PM Modi for this landmark step in this industry from his Twitter handle, indicating new opportunities in Food Technology Industries. Therefore, this Act looks promising on paper with new opportunities and in Educational Development. Amidst the Pegasus Spyware and repeal of the farm laws, this looks positive from the Modi Government.
लोकसभा में आज, राष्ट्रीय खाद्य प्रौद्योगिकी, उद्यमिता और प्रबंध संस्थान विधेयक, 2021 (निफ्टेम विधेयक, 2021) को पारित किया गया।
इस विधेयक के पारित होने पर इससे जुड़े हर व्यक्ति को बधाई देता हूँ और साथ ही खाद्य प्रसंस्करण से जुड़े छात्रों को भी बधाई देता हूँ। @MOFPI_GOI
— Pashupati Kumar Paras (@PashupatiParas) July 26, 2021
Fake News: Accountability Of News Organisations
Fake news is false news stories or hoaxes, which are deliberately released to misinform and to create chaos in society or among readers. Fake news is one of the main reasons behind the disruption of peace in society and it becomes more dangerous in volatile places. Fake news is generally shared with propaganda to mislead the audience by hiding or twisting the truth. However fake news isn’t new to the web, it recently became an enormous problem in today’s digital world. Fake news mostly comes from sites that are bogus or have sensationalized stories.
Most of the users do not check the facts before sharing the information on their social media, which can be a reason for widespread fake news. So, it is important to differentiate between fake news and authentic news to maintain harmony in society and to avoid false news and its repercussions.
Fake News Stories
- On 2nd April, a team of doctors, health workers, and revenue officials were attacked by the family members of a 65-year-old man who died of COVID-19 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh because of the fake video which claimed that healthy Muslims were being injected with the virus, reiterating the risks and physical manifestations of misinformation.
- On March 22, 2020, Mr. Modi’s new term ‘Janta curfew’ has sparked a buzz on the Internet. Social media users started interpreting PM Modi’s concept of ‘Janta curfew’ in their own ways. Social media was flooded with a certain ‘scientific explanation’ behind the curfew as to how it will break the chain of transmissions of the deadly coronavirus infection. The claim was found out to be misleading. PM Modi, while announcing the curfew, didn’t mention this particular ‘scientific’ logic behind it.
- Rumours were circulated on WhatsApp groups about a kidnapping gang operating in India’s western state of Maharashtra in 2018. The rumors eventually cause a mob lynching, that killed five migrant workers because they were suspected of being kidnappers.
- On November 13, 2016, when the government of India has demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and planned to replace them with new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes, rumors were spreading about Rs 2000 notes. Rumors claimed the new higher denomination currency comes with a Nano-GPS chip which acts as a reflector, giving precise location coordinates of the currency to permit every note to be tracked. However, the RBI officials had dismissed these as false and said the new Rs 2000 note does not have a Nano-GPS chip as is being claimed on social media, WhatsApp.
- In the pandemic situation, where vaccination has become crucial, in a series of viral videos it was seen that people are claiming that magnet was attracted to the arms of alleged COVID-19 vaccinated recipients. This kind of fake news can create misconceptions about vaccines and people may not take their jab of vaccines. The Centre has declined the claims that Covid-19 vaccines can make people ‘magnetic’. It has also dismissed theories about microchips in coronavirus vaccines.
Need of Accountability
False information on social media can cause huge problems. It is often done to influence political processes. Need for Accountability increases in such situations because the false information provided by certain news organizations can create a ruckus in society. Before publishing the news, it is necessary to check the facts.
If the news organizations, shared misinformation unintentionally they must remove the content right away and they should apologize to the readers. If fake news is spread with propaganda to create chaos in society, then the news organization should be punished under the law. The information must be checked before sharing it with other people.
Curious Case Of Pegasus: Explained
Pegasus is a spyware that can hack the victims’ mobile phones and read their SMS messages and emails. The Pegasus spyware is owned by an Israeli software company named NSO Group. According to the various reports, this company has targeted more than 50,000 phone numbers at the Global level, of which 300 are in India for surveillance.
The news broke out after the 17 media partners investigated. This investigation brought into the picture information about a leaked database of mobile telephone numbers of Indian Ministers, Opposition leaders, journalists, the legal community, business people, government officials, scientists, activists and many influential personalities of the nation.
Pegasus Spyware and India
According to the report by the agency, the Israeli company which sells Pegasus around the world says that its clients are confined to ‘vetted governments”, believed to number 36. The NSO Group also says that ‘the target list in India is not ours, never was.’ Their refusal of the leaked database has created a loophole in understanding this case.
This whole case has violated the integrity of democratic institutions. According to the report by the agencies, after the mobile phones of the opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and various other leaders were hacked under the Pegasus spyware surveillance. Multiple tweets were made against the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) government in India. This whole case has become one of the major threats in the political arena and the Indian Democracy.
Though at the start, it was used for national security purposes. The explosive expansion of surveillance technology vendors has become a vast human rights and a global security issue. If such surveillance technologies increase, it might cause a lot of problems to countries around the globe. Hence, as a precaution, all these countries need to work on regulating this technology.
According to the reports by the agency, one of the targeted phones by the Pegasus spyware was of the former election commissioner of India, Ashok Lavasa. Various such people and such opposition leaders were somehow against the BJP government having their phones hacked with the NSO-owned spyware. All these instances and the names in the leaked list have pointed figures towards the Modi Government.
The Modi government’s stand on this case was put forward in Lok Sabha by two serving ministers, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Prahlad Singh Patel. These two leaders were also featured in the leaked database. The recent Information Technology Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw defended the BJP government in the parliament by saying, “the expose was an attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions.” She even said, ‘any form of illegal surveillance is not possible with the checks and balances in our laws and robust institutions.’
This case has adjourned the parliament proceedings due to the protests inside and outside the house of parliament by the opposition party.
Pegasus Spyware and World.
In the statement given to the agency, Access Now, an organisation defending the digital rights of global users, said it was outraged that products sold by NSO were allegedly “used to hack and invade the private communications” of thousands of people across the globe.
At a global level, France’s Emmanuel Macron was targeted in the Pegasus spyware case. As the phone of French President Emmanuel Macron was hacked, the investigation was carried out and later on was published which was directed by the Paris-based non-profit journalism group Forbidden. After this case came in front of the whole world, the Pegasus spyware surveillance came into the picture.
If this continues for some more time, it will ruin India’s Democratic values at a global level. As well as this might become a huge technological threat between the different nations around the globe.
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