UN okays India's proposal ensuring proscribed entities not granted Consultative Status
Counsellor in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said the aim is to ensure that NGOs affiliated with individuals and entities proscribed by the UNSC shall not enter into a Consultative Status with the ECOSOC.
In a welcoming move, the UN has approved India's proposal to ensure that applications by NGOs seeking consultative status with the world body's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) are not from individuals and entities proscribed by the UN Security Council (UNSC).
Counsellor in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi welcomed the decision of the UN's NGO Committee to include additional screening questions for the NGOs seeking consultative status with the ECOSOC.
The additional screening is related to the NGOs' possible associations with entities and individuals sanctioned by the UNSC.
"We are glad that India's proposal to corroborate the NGO applications with the sanctions list of the UN Security Council before granting consultative status has resulted in this important first step in strengthening the review process by the Committee," Tripathi said during an intervention at the regular session of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs.
She said the aim is to ensure that NGOs affiliated with individuals and entities proscribed by the UNSC shall not enter into a Consultative Status with the ECOSOC.
She said the additional information received through the amended questionnaire will help in verifying the NGO applications with the sanctions list of the UNSC before granting consultative status.
She cited two instances in July 2017 and in June 2019 when the Committee's decision to grant Consultative Status to two organizations had to be reversed by the ECOSOC, based on information received about their alleged terror links.
In July 2017, the ECOSOC decided against granting consultative status to Foundation Alkarama, following objections by the United Arab Emirates over the group's alleged ties to terrorists.
India supported the decision by the UN council to deny granting consultative status to the Geneva-based human rights NGO that had been declared a terrorist organisation by the UAE and whose founder had been sanctioned by the US and the UN.
The ECOSOC had decided not to endorse the NGO Committee's May 2017 recommendation for special consultative status to Alkarama.
In June 2019, the NGO Committee's decision to grant Consultative Status to Palestinian Association for Human Rights -- “Witness” -- was also reversed after Israel said the organisation did not disclose its ties with Hamas.
India voted in favour of the decision introduced by Israel in ECOSOC that objected to granting consultative status to the Palestinian NGO.
Referring to the two cases, Tripathi said such situations called for further strengthening of scrutiny of NGO applications at the Committee itself, before they are recommended for consultative status.
Consultative status to an NGO is granted by the ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is composed of member states.
The Committee on NGOs reviews new applications for consultative status twice a year, in January (“regular session”) and in May (“resumed session”).