India votes in favour of UNHRC resolution on Gaza

Calls for ‘immediate ceasefire’ and ‘peaceful dialogue’

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2014 8:44 am
gaza An Indian protestor holds a placard during a protest against Israel’s invasion of Gaza in Hyderabad. (Source: AP)

India on Wednesday voted in favour of a resolution condemning violence in Gaza at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Urging for an “immediate ceasefire”, India called on Israel and Palestine to start a process of “peaceful dialogue”.

New Delhi’s position on Wednesday marked the continuity of the policy adopted by the Narendra Modi government, in tune with the previous governments.

The resolution which came down heavily on Israel — and was co-sponsored by Pakistan among other countries — was adopted by 29 votes in favour, 17 abstained and the US was the only country which voted against.

Along with India, countries that voted in favour were Pakistan, China, Maldives, Russia, South Africa and Brazil among others. UK, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, South Korea were among the 17 countries which abstained.

In its statement at the 21st special session of the Human Rights Council on the “Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”, the Modi government said, “We are deeply concerned at the human rights situation… as also at the violence by non-state actors in the region which have the effect of serving as avoidable obstacles to the peace process, as well as to the  realisation of the legitimate aspirations of both the peoples to co-exist in peace and security.”

The Indian statement also called upon all sides to exercise maximum restraint and avoid taking actions that may further exacerbate the situation, and threaten peace and security of the region.”

“India is deeply concerned at the steep escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine, particularly heavy airstrikes in Gaza and disproportionate use of force on ground, resulting in tragic loss of civilian lives, especially women and children and heavy damage to property. The Government of India is closely monitoring the situation unfolding and supports all efforts for an immediate ceasefire between the parties involved,” the statement by the Permanent Mission to the US in Geneva said.

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    Greg Savage
    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:39 am
    As long as India doesn't condemn Israel's actions, I'm good. We should not forget that it was Hamas who pla the opening gambit in this episode. Yes! As a human being, I believe that all fighting in all parts of the world should certainly come to an end........
    1. B
      Jul 25, 2014 at 9:59 am
      Let his house is captured by Goonda elements and see his anger. Israel is occupying Palestine lands even after hundreds UN resolution to vacate these occupied lands but US always provide back up to continue occupation. US attacked Iraq for occupation in 1990 but here all red lines ped.
      1. I
        Jul 24, 2014 at 6:41 am
        Never see muslims protest when fanatic terrorist kills fellow muslims and other relgion people.
        1. Subspan Raman
          Jul 24, 2014 at 10:42 am
          But will Hamas respect any ceasefire? It is a terrorist organisation that prefers violence. Lets not fall into this trap