India again abstains in HRC vote on Ukraine crisis; suggests relaunching talks

India once again abstained in the vote at the UN Human Rights Council on a resolution regarding the deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine. The resolution called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Ukraine and India, along with 12 other nations, refused to vote against the proposal. Other nations that abstained from voting included Armenia, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Uzbekistan and Venezuela. Notably, the Geneva-based Council closed its 34th special session after adopting the resolution on Thursday. The Council, which reiterated its demand for an immediate cessation of military aggression against Ukraine, was adopted by a vote of 33 votes in favour.

It is pertinent to mention here that this was not the first time that New Delhi abstained during procedural votes and draft resolutions in the UN Security Council. The country maintained its position during the vote in the General Assembly and the HRC which deplored Moscow’s aggression against Kyiv. Meanwhile, noting India’s position, the Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey, said during the session that Prime Minister Narendra’s position Modi on the conflict in Ukraine was firm and consistent.

“We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing developments in Ukraine. We have consistently called for an immediate cessation of violence and an urgent end to hostilities,” he said, adding that Prime Minister Modi reiterated that. in his interactions with world leaders, including the leaders of Russia and Ukraine.

“India continues to believe that pursuing the path of dialogue and diplomacy is the only way out,” he added.

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In addition, during the discussion, the Council urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to grant representatives of international human rights and humanitarian institutions, including UN specialized agencies, unimpeded and unrestricted access. people who have been transferred from conflict-affected areas of Ukraine. During the discussion preceding the adoption of the resolution, speakers also stressed the importance of ensuring accountability for all violations and abuses committed in Ukraine. Taking note of recent attacks on journalists, who were documenting Russia’s crimes against international law, the UN body stressed that the safety of journalists and media workers was paramount and warned Moscow to open a investigation into the matter.

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Christi C. Elwood