Human rights instruments: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

UNHRC Expresses Concerns over NRC in Assam and Situation in J and K

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, and the tense situation in Jammu and Kashmir while addressing the opening of the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. What is UNHRC? The United Nations Human Rights Council ..

Right to Health: A Fundamental Right

The Constitution of the World Health Organization states that “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”. The right to health implies that: Everyone should have access to the health services they require, As ..

Preeti Saran’s Election to CESCR

Former Indian diplomat Preeti Saran was elected unopposed for the Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the UN which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR). Even though the members are nominated by the nations, the members of the CESCR serve in ..

2018 International Day for Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed every year on October 17 to recognize the struggles of the impoverished and to make their voices heard by governments and ordinary citizens. The 2018 theme is “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and ..

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

Government can invoke a state of emergency during civil unrest, a disaster, or an armed conflict. In a state of emergency, a government has the authority to execute certain actions which are not normally permitted. In these extraordinary circumstances government directs its institutions to implement emergency action plans. During a state of emergency people can ..