December 2021: Issue 3

International Human Rights

125 countries support UNHRC’s probe into the war crimes committed by Israel

Earlier this year, there was aggression near the Gaza strip where it is alleged that Israel had committed war crimes. Afterwards, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved a probe into the alleged war crimes committed by Israel. Later on, Israel put forward a motion in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to defund the probe. However, when the same was put to vote, it was rejected with 125 countries voting against the motion, 8 voting for the motion and 34 abstaining. The United States of America was amongst the nations that voted for the motion. To read more, click here and here

UN Rights Experts Calls for Investigation for Civilian Killings in Myanmar

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, issued a statement on Sunday urging Myanmar authorities to investigate the reported act of terrorism in the state. It was confirmed by official sources that the reports of at least 35 civilians being killed, including at least one child, were true. Myanmar is currently ruled by a military junta, which deposed the democratically elected government of former leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup in February 2021. To read more click here and here.

International Trade Law

USA bans goods being imported from Xinjiang due to use of forced labour 

The President of the United States has signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act which would ban imports from the Xinjiang region of China over concerns of forced labour. While passing the bill, it was said that there is a presumption that all goods from Xinjiang are being made using forced labor and in order to export the goods to the USA, it needs to be proved otherwise. This bill has been opposed by the Chinese government where they have stated that the accusation made by the US government is baseless. To read more, click here and here

EU to propose new plan to counter China’s economic coercion

The European Union is set to unveil a new trade weapon that could force China and other countries accused of economic bullying out of hugely profitable EU markets. The anti-coercion instrument will target states that attempt to interfere with the EU’s or its member states’ legitimate sovereign choices by imposing trade or investment restrictions. The plan outlines a wide range of punitive actions that the EU can take if it believes coercion is occurring, such as tariffs, suspension of market access through the use of quotas or trading licenses, and restricted access to public procurement programmes and investment markets. To read more click here and here.

India and UAE trade deal is in final stages, set to be official in early 2022

Trade talks between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are nearing completion, with the two countries expected to sign a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) by January 2022. The agreement will benefit both countries by allowing them easy market access to each other. In five years, the agreement is expected to increase bilateral trade in goods to $100 billion and bilateral trade in services to $15 billion. To read more click here and here.

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