UN ECOSOC grants accreditation to 9 NGOs amid objections from several nations

Updated: Dec 8 2022 11:35AM

United Nations, Dec 8 (PTI) The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has voted to grant special consultative status to nine non-governmental organisations, including one that advocates for Dalit human rights, despite objections raised by several countries including China, Russia and India over the accreditation process of these NGOs.

The ECOSOC, one of the six principal organs of the United Nations that deals with economic and social issues, voted on a US draft decision on Wednesday on ‘Applications of non-governmental organisations for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council’, granting special consultative status to the nine groups.

These NGOs include -- the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN); the Arab-European Center of Human Rights and International Law; Bahrain Center for Human Rights; Coptic Solidarity Gulf Centre for Human Rights; interregional non-governmental human rights organisation Man and Law; The Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice; The World Union of Cossack Atamans and World without Genocide. The decision was adopted by a recorded vote of 24 in favour to 17 against, with 12 abstentions.