India on Tuesday underlined that terrorism continues to be one of the gravest threats to humankind and it can never be justified, nor its perpetrators ever equated with its victims.
Speaking at the high-level segment of the 46th session of Human Rights Council, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said terrorism is a crime against humanity and violates the most fundamental human right, namely the right to life.
“Terrorism continues to be one of the gravest threats to humankind,” he said in a virtual address.
“As a long-standing victim, India has been in the forefront of the global action against terrorism.This is possible only when there is a clear realisation, including in bodies dealing with human rights, that terrorism can never be justified, nor its perpetrators ever equated with its victims,” he said in a veiled reference to Pakistan.
He said India presented last month at the UN an eight-point action plan to deal with the scourge of terrorism. “We will continue to work together with members of the UNSC and other states to ensure implementation of our action plan,” he added.
He said the human rights agenda continues to face severe challenges, most of all from terrorism. The perennial concerns remain equally strong, be it global inequities or armed conflicts, he added.
“The ongoing pandemic has complicated the situation in many geographies. There is a need for us to come together to overcome these challenges. At the same time, multilateral institutions and mechanisms need to be reformed to be able to deal with these effectively,” he said.
He said that violation of and gaps in implementation of human rights should be addressed in a fair and just manner, with objectivity, non-selectivity, transparency and with due respect to the principles of non-interference in internal affairs and national sovereignty.
Jaishankar said India’s approach to the UN Human Rights Council is guided by its spirit of engagement, dialogue and consultation. “We believe that equal emphasis should be placed on both promotion and protection of human rights. Both are best pursued through dialogue, consultation and cooperation amongst States as well as technical assistance and capacity building,” he said.
He said India has always played an active role in global promotion and protection of human rights