Over 14800 foreignfunded NGOs deregistered in last 5 yrs says govt

first_imgNew Delhi: The government in the last five years has deregistered over 14,800 NGOs which were registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and had been receiving funds from abroad, the Lok Sabha was told Tuesday. Replying to a written question, Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai said the registrations were cancelled because the NGOs committed violations of the provisions of the FCRA. Rai also said Rs 16,894.37 crore foreign contribution has been received by various NGOs in 2017-18, Rs 15,343.15 crore foreign contribution was received by them in 2016-17 and Rs 17,803.21 crore in 2015-16.last_img read more

Tobacco report criticizes Indian films

India’s film industry, primarily based in Mumbai and known as “Bollywood,” is the world’s largest, producing more than 900 films every year and influencing movie-goers as far-flung as Africa and the Middle East. In India alone, an estimated 15 million people see nationally produced movies every day. WHO’s study, “Bollywood: Victim or Ally?” examines 400 recent Indian films and reveals that 80 per cent show some form of tobacco use. Around 76 per cent of the top-rated films portray smoking as “cool.” As part of the study, 31 industry professionals were interviewed to find out why filmmakers decide to include tobacco in scenes and how prevalent tobacco brand placement is in Indian films.The launch of WHO’s study, as well as the kick-off for the 2003 World No Tobacco Day campaign today at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, coincide with the final round of negotiations for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Those discussions, which began yesterday and will run through 28 February, aim to finalize the ground-breaking agreement on international tobacco regulations, particularly curbing the advertising, promotion, sales and smuggling of tobacco products. Meanwhile, the international debate over tobacco regulations and the flurry of attention focused on that industry will intensify next week when the International Labour Organization (ILO) convenes the first-ever meeting to discuss the future of perhaps 100 million workers whose jobs are threatened as the tobacco sector reels from the effects of anti-smoking campaigns and widespread corporate mega-mergers. The ILO’s Tripartite Meeting on the Future of Employment in the Tobacco Sector, set to run 24 to 28 February, brings together workers, employers and governments to discuss what lies ahead for millions of non-unionized, informal sector labourers – particularly impoverished women and children – who depend in some way on the production, manufacture and distribution of tobacco and tobacco products for their livelihoods.At the centre of the discussions will be the just-released ILO study, “Employment trends in the tobacco sector: Challenges and prospects.” That report notes that jobs in the tobacco industry in industrialized countries and in some developing countries have either been stagnating or declining, although tobacco production, especially cigarettes, has been increasing due to higher demand worldwide supported by state-of-the-art technology. “Tobacco has never been more controversial than it is today,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, said, noting that for many who work in the sector, declining employment is a burning workplace and social issue. That is especially the case among the most vulnerable, such as migrants, women and children, ethnic minorities and castes or tribes who are not in a position to negotiate wages or working conditions. “Their future must also be considered,” he said.Listen to UN Radio report read more

In a time of rising xenophobia more important than ever to ratify

The adoption of the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, marked a crucial step towards the development of international human rights and international criminal law as we know it today: it was the first human rights treaty to be adopted by the General Assembly, and signified the international community’s ‘never again’ commitment, after the atrocities committed during the Second World War.Secretary-General António Guterres was clear about the importance of the historic convention: “In the aftermath of the Holocaust and Second World War, the world came together and adopted a convention to prevent genocide and punish those who commit this heinous crime,” he said.“Seventy years later, the prevention of genocide remains a cardinal task for our time. That is why I launched an appeal for every country to ratify the Genocide Convention. I urge the 45 remaining States to do so without delay.”Of those yet to ratify the convention, 20 are from Africa, 18 from Asia and 7 from the Americas: the Secretary-General’s appeal states that ratification would demonstrate a commitment to the most fundamental principles of the United Nations, and provide the basis for action by States to prevent genocide.The International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime was established in 2015, on the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Genocide, on 9 December 1948, and 10 years after the historic UN World Summit, which saw the international community take a unified stance on a range of crucial issues, including the acceptance of collective responsibility to protect civilians against genocide and other crimes against humanity.The adoption of the Genocide Convention marked a crucial step towards the development of international human rights and international criminal law as we know it today: it was the first human rights treaty to be adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, and signified the international community’s ‘never again’ commitment, after the atrocities committed during the Second World War.“In the aftermath of the Holocaust and Second World War, the world came together and adopted a convention to prevent genocide and punish those who commit this heinous crime,” said the Secretary-General. “Seventy years later, the prevention of genocide remains a cardinal task for our time. That is why I launched an appeal for every country to ratify the Genocide Convention. I urge the 45 remaining States to do so without delay.”Of those yet to ratify the convention, 20 are from Africa, 18 from Asia and 7 from the Americas: the Secretary-General’s appeal states that ratification would demonstrate a commitment to the most fundamental principles of the United Nations, and provide the basis for action by States to prevent genocide.The International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime was established in 2015, on the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Genocide, on 9 December 1948, and 10 years after the historic UN World Summit, which saw the international community take a unified stance on a range of crucial issues, including the acceptance of collective responsibility to protect civilians against genocide and other crimes against humanity. read more