Aung San Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly amidst Rohingya crisis

Myanmar’s State Counselor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to skip the annual United Nations General Assembly in September, owing to the mounting criticism over the Rohingya Muslim crisis in the country’s state of Rakhine.

A staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries including Bangladesh and India, seeking refuge from the ongoing violence and bloodshed, since August 25, 2017.

According to the United Nation’s estimate, at an average approximately 20,000 Rohingya are leaving their homes and livelihood and fleeing to safer territory.

As per BBC reports, a spokesperson from the Presidential office confirmed the cancellation of her trip, citing two reasons:

“One is the current situation in Rakhine State. We have terrorist attacks and also there are many works on public safety and humanitarian works,” spokesman Zaw Htay said in a statement.

Suu Kyi has been subjected to high levels of criticism, that has spiralled ever since a new streak of violence surged against the Rohingya community, after attacks on government border posts by alleged Rohingya militants that took place on August 25, 2017.

Refugees continue to pour into Bangladesh, as their lives have been wrecked by rape, murder, and devastation.

The 72nd United Nations General opened on September 12, in New York, and is expected to continue for weeks to come, as world leaders deliberate on important world issues.

The annual United Nations General Assembly is considered to be one of the largest diplomatic gatherings in the world, and Suu Kyi giving it a miss, will definitely be a matter of further diplomatic dinner-table debates.

Sourced from BBC and The Gaurdian

Antonio Guterres to be sworn in as UN Secretary General tomorrow

According to reports in The Indian Express, Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres shall be sworn in tomorrow. Guterres, 67, would be succeeding Ban Ki-moon and will take over as the as the ninth chief of the world body.

Peter Thompson, President of the UN General Assembly will administer the Oath of Office at a 193-member special plenary meeting of the General Assembly. The Secretary General- designate is then expected to address the General Assembly.
The General Assembly unanimously appointed Antonio Guterres as the successor to Ban, after earlier in October, a 15-nation Security Council decided by acclamation to nominate his name to the Assembly for a final decision.
Guterres, who has also held the position of UN High Commissioner for Refugees remained the front-runner in the election to choose Ban’s successor despite growing calls by several UN States to nominate a woman for the post.
Ban Ki-moon’s second term as UN Secretary ends on December 31, after which Guterres is set to assume his role for a five-year term which begins on January 1, 2017.

Story source: The Indian Express, Business Standard

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India against ‘Moratorium on the use of death penalty’

During the 67th UN  general assembly, the third committee which deals with the social and humanitarian issues put forward its draft resolution ‘Moratorium on the use of the death penalty’. India was among the 39 countries that was against the draft resolution while 110 nations voted in favor of the resolution and 36 abstained in the meeting held on November 20.

India gave the justification to its decision saying that every nation has the sovereign right to determine its own legal system,  and also that the draft resolution sought a suspension on executions and it could not support the text in its present form.

India against it.

For more details, visit Times of India.