India tells United Nations, ‘Hidden’ vetoes must go

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Washington:  In the wake of blocking of the bid of India by the China for designating the Jaish- e- Mohammad Chief- Masood Azhar a Terrorist, the India now seeking the United Nations to bring transparency in its procedures for designating a group or an individual terrorist.

It is in the present existing rules, the Security Council’s members are allowed to oppose any move in the sanctions committees in a clandestine manner and without even offering any explanation. Moreover, a decision by the Sanctions committee can be adopted unanimously by it, and as such this can be treated as anyone member out of the fifteen members can veto a move. Taking an example of China, if it put a ‘technical hold ‘on the action against the Azhar, then India will come to know only ‘informally’ from the council’s members.

Moreover, as per the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations- Syed Akbaruddin, who said in an open debate that the said action amounts to allowing a “hidden veto” for every member of the council.

It is notable presently, the Security Council of the United Nations, is having Al- Qaeda, Taliban and Islamic State Sanctions Committees which can mandate the International Sanctions, which will be seeking the countries for freezing the assets of the Targeted Group or of an Individual or can also require to ban the designated individuals travelling and also weapons supply’s or technology’s and other aid’s preventions.

Mr. Akbaruddin also found stated that the “procedures of unanimity and anonymity of the Al- Qaeda, Taliban & Islamic States Sanctions Committees need to be revisited… Each of the 15 members now has a veto and none, except these 15 members, is told of who is it that has wielded the veto in a specific instance.” Counter- terror mechanisms, like the Sanctions Committees, need to “build trust” he said, “not engender impunity, by the use of this ‘hidden’ veto.”

Moreover, he said “counter- terror mechanisms such as sanctions panels should not engender impunity” and this for the reasons the India’s demand of designating the Jaish- e- Mohammad Chief- Masood Azhar a Terrorist, as it can be safely inferred herein.

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