India votes for UNHRC resolution condemning Syrian killings; India calls for increase in financial support to UN Women dealing with women’s empowerment
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  • (MAY 28-JUNE 3)

    Reports noted that India was among the 42 countries that voted for a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which strongly condemned the El-Houleh incident that killed over a hundred civilians in Syria. India’s representative, H S Puri condemned the incident and stressed the need for all parties involved to abjure violence. India also urged all sides to comply with their obligations under the Annan Plan. 1 Meanwhile, in New Delhi, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, in a meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi reiterated India’s stance on the issue and called for immediate ceasefire in Syria. 2

    In another development, India has called on the international community to increase its financial support to UN Women dealing with women’s empowerment. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN H S Puri said that work on gender equality and empowerment of women continues to remain “chronically underfunded”. India has promised a contribution of five million dollars towards the body out of which two million dollars has already been contributed. To make the body more dynamic, decentralized, cohesive and well-connected, India has extended its support to improve the organizational structure of UN Women. 3