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ILO Freedom of Association

Core International Labour Organization Convention on the “Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise” 1948 (No. 87) - The Stand of the Government of India and Arguments in favour of its Ratification. Introduction: International Labour Organization (ILO) The International Labour Organization has its origins at the end of the First World War, in 1919 (as part of the Treaty of Versailles) to ensure social justice. It is a unique tripartite system of organization, bringing together governments, employers and workers in its executive bodies. The constitution of the…

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Revolutionize Indian Education System

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires". William Arthur Ward. The current observation is that most of the educators don’t add any value to students. On the other hand, it is the students who add value to educators by working very hard for exams to pass out with scores and grades from Indian educational institutions. Even in some of the prestigious educational institutions like IITs and IIMs in India, it is the students who slog hard to achieve the scores rather…

Read more about the article Mandela – Mahatma Gandhi of South Africa
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Mandela – Mahatma Gandhi of South Africa

“It would not be right to compare me to Gandhi. None of us could equal his dedication or his humility. He showed us it’s necessary to brave imprisonment if truth and justice were to triumph over evil.” Nelson Mandela. With the passing of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, the world has lost one of the towering personalities of the 20th century. He is known to the world not as a black leader but as a global leader who made a significant difference to the world with his convictions to…

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Messenger of Non-Violence and World Peace

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” - Mahatma Gandhi. The United Nations observes October 2nd as ‘International Day of Non-Violence’ on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who spread the message of non-violence and peace globally. He led India’s freedom struggle on the tenets of truth and non-violence. He showed to the world that independence can be achieved through non-violent means. As a result, there are a number of followers of Mahatma Gandhi globally across the countries and communities. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)…

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Will Nobel Peace Prize free Liu Xiaobo?

It has been hailed as an inspirational choice. Leaders from across the globe are commending the Nobel Peace Prize committee for honouring a ‘selfless nonconformist political prisoner’ and electing Liu Xiaobo as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner. But will the world’s most honourable award actually bring Liu Xiaobo closer to freedom and in doing so, be evolutionary in the democracy movement? During serving his forth prison sentence, Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Naturally the prize…

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Price of Peace – UN

"We the Peoples of the United Nations Determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better…

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Judiciary Notebook – UN Style

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Martin Luther King, Jr. Code of Conduct for the UNDT/UNAT Judges: (UN GA Document # A/65/86 of 15 June 2010). Unsurprisingly, it has taken a year or so to write/publish Code of Conduct for the judges working for the reformed UN Internal Justice system since it came into being on 1 July 2009. This code is now going to the General Assembly for a “routine” clearance.…

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Appeal to UN General Assembly

When you mention a famous race horse, they always ask, “from which stable?”  The stable is important, as it establishes the ancestry, authenticity and the breed. When you name a lawyer who has done well, people ask you, “from which chamber?”  The Chamber is important. It establishes the hierarchy and cultural tradition in which the lawyer was born and has been reared. (Remembered quotes of the eminent advocate Fali Nariman, former chairman of International Commission of Jurists) Similarly, when you quote certain judicial norms and democratic conventions, people ask, “do…

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Transform Distress into De-Stress

Don’t cry because it is over, think and smile because it happened.  World HR Trainer. Throughout history new technologies have revolutionized communication and the spread of information. Cyberspace has become the fifth domain of warfare after Land, Sea, Air and Space. Thanks to technology, even the UN Internal Justice System has sought to employ cyberspace and has created an atmosphere of honesty, transparency and accountability, howsoever unreal that may turn out to be in the final test. Has this improved technology enhanced human understanding, mutual respect, concern and compassion? The…

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Judgment on UN Retirees Common Cause Appeal

“When a judgment and justice be the same?” - quote from ancient Eastern wisdom. More than a year after the appeal was submitted, firstly (May 2009) with the Standing Committee of the UN Pension Fund and after nine months it was presented (August 2009) to the UN Appeals Tribunal, and after an uneventful 80 minute oral hearing session on 22 June 2010, the Tribunal President pronounced its judgement on Thursday, 1 July 2010: “the case was dismissed”. The reasons for this decision will be a month in coming. Why? Especially…

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Human Rights in Malawi, is it Misunderstood?

The United Nations secretary general, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, is to travel to Malawi this weekend to discuss with the country’s president, Mr. Bingu wa Mutharika, among other issues, the 14 year sentencing of a homosexual couple, a sentence which Mr. Ban Ki-moon has described as “violating human rights principles that ban both discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as the criminalization of sexual acts between consenting adults”. The conviction, which dates back to the colonial era laws, has predictably caused shock and outrage to ripple across the…

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UN Pension and After Life

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” Hubert Humphrey (1911-1978). A number of cases reviewed through the first session of the UN Appeals Tribunal in Geneva (15 March – 1 April 2010) showed lack of coordination between the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) and the participating…

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Non-Performing Assets of the UN

"A manager's task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant--and that applies fully as much to the manager's boss as it applies to the manager's subordinates." Peter Drucker. "Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people." John Rockefeller. In a classic definition, what does Non-Performing Asset (NPA) mean? A classification used by financial institutions that refer to loans that are in jeopardy of default. Once the borrower has failed to make interest or principal payments for 90 days,…

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Brand-Naming the Political-UN

“If the United Nations is a country unto itself, then the commodity it exports most is words.” Esther B. Fein. “In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion. Mr. Kofi Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2001. I have been both a participant and a facilitator in a local senior citizens workshop to…

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UN vs Press Freedom

On 29 April 2010, UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, made these Remarks at observance of World Press Freedom Day: Thank you, Mr. Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for DPI, Excellency Dr Mohamad; Acting President of the GA, Your Excellency Ambassador Monteiro Lima; Chair of COI, President of UNCA, Mr Pioli; Ms Alfsen of UNESCO, Excellencies, Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be here for our annual observance of World Press Freedom Day. Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration…

Read more about the article Uncommon Delay of Common Cause Appeal
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Uncommon Delay of Common Cause Appeal

"It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered." Aristotle (Greek Philosopher: 384 BC - 322 BC). "Justice delayed is justice denied." William Gladstone (British Politician : 1809-1898). This is an open appeal to the UN Appeals Tribunal regarding Common Cause Appeal # UNAT 2009-001. As far as the writer remembers, there had been several individual appeals during the period 1980's to early 2000's from UN retirees asking for the clarification and justification for the life-long denial of full pension to the 1/3 lump sum seekers despite the…