India’s top law officer, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta will lead the high-level Indian delegation at the 41st session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group on Thursday.
The session is being held between November 7 and November 18, India’s National Report for the 4th UPR Cycle will be reviewed on November 10.
The high-level delegation comprises Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Secretary (West) Sanjay Verma, Permanent Representative of India Indra Mani Pandey, Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraj and senior officials from the MEA, Home Ministry, Women & Child Development Ministry, Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, Minority Affairs Ministry, Rural Development Ministry, and the NITI Aayog.
India plays an active role in the global promotion and protection of human rights.
“Our strong commitment to the welfare of entire humanity, inspired by our civilizational ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’ or “the World is one family”, provides a foundation on which our constitutional and legal framework for human rights has been built,” the MEA said in a statement.
The National Report of India, submitted on August 5 this year, outlines India’s steps towards the promotion and protection of human rights, including the implementation of recommendations accepted by New Delhi in its 3rd UPR cycle in 2017.
India’s report was prepared in collaboration with the National Law University, Delhi, after a series of consultations with diverse stakeholders, drawing representatives from the judiciary, national human rights institutions, academia, civil society organizations, and the general public.
“India has been engaged constructively with the members of the UNHRC and other fellow UN Member States to promote and protect human rights globally,” the statement said.
New Delhi has laid emphasis on dialogue, engagement and cooperation among various stakeholders.
“We have underlined the primacy of States in fulfilling their human rights obligations. We have endeavoured to build consensus in the council on various issues on its Agenda and we have participated in deliberations in the council in a constructive manner,” it added.