Asst Secy of State Michele J. Sison’s visit bound to create a stir as she meets civil society members too
WASHINGTON, July 30 (The CONNECT) - In what can raise eyebrows in the sub-continent, a top US official will discuss human rights issues along with a host of other matters during her visit to India, Bangladesh and Kuwait from August 2 to 10.
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Michele J. Sison will travel to India, Bangladesh, and Kuwait for consultations on a range of U.S. multilateral priorities, including combating food insecurity, advancing global health, addressing human rights and humanitarian needs, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and support for Rohingya refugees.
Her meetings with senior government officials will focus on opportunities to deepen our cooperation at the United Nations, and U.S. support for the candidacy of Doreen Bogdan-Martin to become the next Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, a State Department spokesperson said.
In meetings with civil society leaders, the Assistant Secretary will exchange ideas on how the United States and other countries can collaborate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Commenting on the visit, human rights activist and veteran journalist Jatin Desai said he welcomed the development. But at the US should make its stand clear on human rights issues in Balochistan Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and other countries since the issue concerns the humanity and not a particular country. “Experience is that the US is seen as maintaining double standatds,” Desai remarked.