Monday, July 15, 2024

Brief World News: Discussions in Doha regarding Afghanistan, human rights issues in Belarus, Rohingya refugees in India, and an increase in global trade

UN Under-Secretary-General provides insights on Afghan civil society views

The UN Special Envoys on Afghanistan met in Doha for the Third Meeting, where they heard valuable insights from members of Afghan civil society on various issues, including women’s rights, girls’ education, and business. This marked the first instance the Taliban de facto authorities participated in the discussions.

Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for political affairs, emphasized the importance of building trust and honesty in the dialogue, based on the principles of the UN Charter and human rights treaties that Afghanistan is a party to. Despite the challenges, the main objective remains to help all the people of Afghanistan.

In another development, UN human rights experts called on Belarus to pardon older persons imprisoned on political charges, highlighting the need for adequate medical care for detainees. Similarly, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged India to halt the arbitrary mass detention of Rohingya refugees and refrain from deporting them to Myanmar.

On a positive note, global trade saw a rise in the first quarter of 2024, with an increase in the value of goods and services traded. However, challenges persist, including geopolitical tensions and rising shipping costs, which could impact international trade growth in the coming months.

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