India

FROM THE FIELD: The Indian women weaving a digital web

Hundreds of thousands of Indian women are learning to market themselves and sell products online, with the support of a digital literacy project managed by the World Bank.

Loss of autonomy in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir threatens minorities’ rights – UN independent experts

India’s decision to end autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir and restrict the participation of minorities in political and other activities sparked the concern of two UN-appointed independent human rights experts, on Thursday.

UN’s education agency lauds world’s most exceptional teacher  

From India’s Maharashtra state, super educator Ranjitsinh Disale was awarded a $1 million Global Teacher Prize for his exceptional impact on the lives of hundreds of students, especially girls.  

Recognized for going above and beyond, he changed the way parents perceive education and innovated classrooms to engage students and spark their interests. This extraordinary teacher even had a hand in helping to call off underage marriages.  

Speaking to UN News’ Anshu Sharma, Mr. Disale began by telling what it means for him to have received this accolade.

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News in Brief 8 February 2021

  • UN stands ready to support relief, in aftermath of deadly India flash floods 
  • Refugee chief Filippo Grandi urges regularization of displaced Venezuelans 
  • Rights experts insist foreign nationals should be returned from Syria camps 
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UN stands ready to support relief, in aftermath of deadly India flash floods

The United Nations stands ready, if necessary, to contribute to ongoing rescue and assistance efforts, following a glacier burst and subsequent flash flooding in northern India, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday.

India: UN rights office urges ‘maximum restraint’ in ongoing protests

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) has called on authorities and protesters in India to “exercise maximum restraint” amidst ongoing protests by farmers. 

WHO supports COVID-19 vaccination campaign in India

India has embarked on one of the largest COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in the world, with more than 2,600  WHO staff training nearly half a million team members.

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UN agencies supporting mammoth India COVID-19 vaccine rollout

India has begun what is the world’s biggest COVID vaccination campaign so far, deploying hundreds of thousands of health workers, with the training and support of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). 

News in Brief 20 October 2020

  • UN rights chief urges India to safeguard rights of NGOs, activists
  • Central Sahel humanitarian needs at 'breaking point': Guterres
  • UNHCR and partners to hold donor conference for Rohingya refugees
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Safeguard human rights defenders, rights of NGOs in India, Bachelet urges

Highlighting that India has long had a strong civil society at the forefront of “groundbreaking human rights advocacy within the country and globally", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, raised concerns on Tuesday that “vaguely defined laws are increasingly being used to stifle these voices”.