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Posted By on July 18, 2021

Indias latest abstention on a Palestine-related resolution at the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations is not a new stand, said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

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

Palestine has written similar letters to all the countries that abstained during the UN Human Rights Council vote. The position that we took is not a new position, said Mr. Bagchi, substantiating the Indian decision to abstain during the resolution, aimed at enforcing international humanitarian law in the Palestinian territories and in Israel.

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

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