Noble intentions: About the UNSC resolution on Taliban

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Synopsis

The UN must ensure that the Taliban uphold human rights and give up terror tactics.

Introduction

Recently, the UN Security Council, under India’s Presidency, adopted Resolution 2593. The resolution was sponsored by France, UK and USA. Along with 13 other members, India voted in favour of the resolution and amongst permanent ‘members’ Russia and China both abstained from voting.

What are the key provisions of UN Resolution 2593?
Must ReadIndia in chair, UNSC adopts resolution on Taliban; Russia and China abstain
What are the issues associated with the UN resolution 2593?

Failed to provide countermeasures: The resolution does not contain any language that would hold the Taliban more accountable for their violation of the resolution.

Division amongst the P5 Members: Both Russia and China abstained from voting. This divide in the P-5 nations will only prove to be counterproductive if the UNSC wants to impose any sanctions in future.

Indirectly recognise Taliban: Further, the resolution appears to accept the Taliban regime as the default force in Afghanistan.

How to hold the Taliban accountable?

The Taliban Sanctions Committee is going to meet under India’s chairmanship. The committee needs to ensure that no designated leader of the Taliban and their associates are given recourse to funds, arms or travel permission unless they show a commitment to international principles.

The committee also has to renew the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan(UNAMA).

Read more: UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan(UNAMA)

Source:  This post is based on the article “Noble intentions” published in The Hindu on 3rd September 2021.

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