Terrorism is biggest threat to human rights: India at UNGA

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Sep 21, 2016: As India decides to isolate Pakistan globally to slash Pakistan infused cross-border terror attack in India, post latest Uri attack in Indian Army base in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 18 jawans, India used the stage of UN General Assembly(UNGA), to say that terrorism was the enormous threat to human rights on Tuesday .

Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar said in his address in the Summit for Refugees and Migrants during the 71st Session of the UNGA said that “Mr. President, I do want to stress that terrorism is the biggest danger to human rights.”

His remarks came even as Pakistan has been raising the issue of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani that erupted massive violence leaving over 80 people dead.

“Terrorism is an existential threat. Hypocrisy towards this crisis will not do.

“There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism and if we do not know an answer to this question, all you have to do is to ask the refugees if he considers any terrorism to be good or bad.”

Akbar said that large movements of people across borders serve as reminders that the world has become a global village.

He stressed said “We can only prosper or perish together. It is best that we learn to live in peace, prosperity and amity.”

Akbar pointed out that the number of people on the move globally was estimated at close to 250 million or one in every 30 persons.

“Refugees are currently estimated to be around 20 million – one of every 12 persons on the move.

“Three-fourths of the refugees come from just 11 countries. Seven countries host more than half of all refugees. Almost 90 percent of all refugees are hosted in emerging countries!” said Akbar, and also highlighted India’s role in hosting refugees.

“There is a long history of large communities seeking refuge in India. Are we prepared?” he said.

“I recall vividly the time when our neighbour Bangladesh was fighting for independence, more than 1.2 million people took refuge in India from the genocide they were faced with,” he said.

At the same time, he put up a poser.

“It is assumed that only host nations do not want refugees, I ask, do refugees also want to become refugees.

“They don’t. We must understand this and underline it and therefore find out what drives them towards seeking refuge. Prevention is better than cure, or perhaps prevention is the only cure,” he said.

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