"Stand at U.N. Human Rights Council on Palestine not new: India"

4th June,2021

"Stand at U.N. Human Rights Council on Palestine not new: India"

India’s latest abstention on a Palestine-related resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) is not something which India did for the first time, said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

The official response came days after Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki wrote a strong letter to S. Jaishankar the External Affairs Minister of India, observing that India’s action “stifled” human rights of “all people”.

“Palestine has written similar letters to all the countries that did not vote during the UN Human Rights Council voting. The position that we took is not a new position,” said Mr. Bagchi, supporting the India's decision to abstain during the resolution, targeted at enforcing international humanitarian law in the Palestinian territories and in Israel.

The resolution was supported by 24 members of the Human Rights Council . Nine members voted against it and 14, including India . Passing of the resolution led to the establishment of the International Commission of Inquiry to Investigate Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Region, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel.

The Indian move drew a strong protest from Mr. Malki who sent a letter to Mr. Jaishankar expressing his disappointment at the India's decision. “The Republic of India missed an opportunity to join the international community at this crucial point, both crucial and long overdue, on the path to accountability, justice and peace,” said Mr. Malki in his letter.

India had similarly abstained in 2015 at the Human Right Commission when a resolution sought to refer Israel to the International Criminal Court.