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What does a Seat in the UN's Commission on Women mean for Afghan Women?
For the first time, Afghanistan has secured a seat in the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW) for a four year term.1 India was the other country to have secured a seat for the 2012-2025 term. The CSW is a pivotal international intergovrnmental body committed to the cause of upholding gender equality and the empowerment of women. Over the years, it has played crucial role in promoting women’s rights and documenting the plight of women around the world. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by June 21, 1946.
भू-मध्य सागर में तुर्की का ग्रीस और साइप्रस के साथ रार
यूरोपीयन यूनियन कांउसिल ने 14 अगस्त को एक वक्तव्य जारी कर ‘ग्रीस और साइप्रस के साथ अपनी पूरी एकजुटता’ को दोहराया है।1 इस वक्तव्य में जोर देते हुए कहा गया है कि ‘यूरोपीय यूनियन के सदस्य देशों के सम्प्रभु अधिकारों का अवश्य ही आदर किया जाए।’ 2 साथ ही, वक्तव्य में इस बात पर बल दिया गया है कि ‘तुर्की को तत्काल जंग रोक देनी चाहिए।’3 ईयू का वक्तव्य तुर्की के लिए अपघात की तरह है, जो भूमध्यसागर में अपने पांव फैलाना चाहता था। इसमें लीबिया में समय से पहले हस्तक्षेप किया जाना भी शामिल है। इसके बाद उस क्षेत्र में तेल निकालने वाले अपने जहाज को एक नौसैनिक पोत के साथ भेज दिया,
Leadership Transition in Japan and its Implications
Japan swore in a new Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshihide Suga, on September 16, 2020. The leadership change came about due to the unexpected decision of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step down a year before time citing ill health, ending a consecutive 8-year term in office - the longest ever such in Japanese history. The news of Abe’s impending resignation, the ensuing election for the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the choice of Suga, his Chief Cabinet Secretary since his re-election in 2012, as his successor, has received unprecedented global attention.
Unlocking the Lockdown in Nepal
In Nepal, people suffered most during the nationwide lockdown that was imposed in the country almost six months ago on March 24. Nevertheless, COVID-19 cases keep on spreading in different parts of the country. There were only two COVID-19 cases in the country till March 24 when the nationwide lockdown was announced, but after four months on July 21, the number of such cases shot up to 17,000 when the lockdown was partially lifted.
China and the International Human Rights Regime
Introduction
China’s rise marked by the combination of high economic development, swift modernisation and authoritarian political structure has been highly attractive for other developing states to imbibe and follow course.
भारत और बांग्लादेश: मजबूत और घनिष्ठ पड़ोसी
बांग्लादेश के विदेश मंत्री एके अब्दुल मोमिन ने हाल ही में कहा कि ‘भारत के साथ बांग्लादेश के बेहद मजबूत तथा ऐतिहासिक रिश्ते हैं और चीन के साथ बांग्लादेश के आर्थिक रिश्ते हैं। हमें दोनों की तुलना नहीं करनी चाहिए।’ उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि ‘हमारी जीत भारत की जीत है’ और ‘हमारे विकास का मतलब भारत का विकास है’।1 दोनों के बीच द्विपक्षीय रिश्तों की स्थिति के बारे में कुछ तीखी राजनीतिक बयानबाजी और बेकार के मीडिया विवाद के बाद इन बयानों ने मरहम का काम किया।1
Chinese involvement in IUU Fishing
Within the strategic community a less-spoken issue when it comes to China is its role in global fishing. Threat from China is often discussed in terms of its territorial aggression, military, its state-owned enterprises, its technology, hybrid warfare and so on. But attention needs to be paid to its non-military activities at the sea as well. Chinese fishing activities merit attention from perspective of comprehensive security. An apparent benign, commercial activity like fishing has become a global security issue due to China.
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