June 12, 2019: For the first time in History India voted in favour of a decision introduced by Israel in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) objecting to granting consultative status to a Palestinian non-governmental organisation called Shahid, on the ground that the organisation is connected with Hamas. The US has listed Hamas as a “foreign terrorist organisation”.
The decision was adopted by a recorded vote of 28 in favour to 15 against, with five abstentions. Countries voting in favour of the decision were Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Economic and Social Council decides to return the application of Palestinian Association for Human Rights – Witness to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations
Israel previously designated Shahid as a terrorist organisation for its links to Hamas and the Iranian-inspired Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
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