Is it time for “Silent/Hidden veto” at UN to go?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Raj Ranjan, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


This comes in the backdrop of China blocking India’s bid to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar a terrorist. China put a ‘technical hold’ on action against Azhar, and India came to know only informally from members of the council. China had at the last moment stopped the UN sanctions committee from designating Azhar as a terrorist, maintaining that the case “did not meet Security Council’s requirements.

India has put forward its strong reservations against this veto policy adopted by UN since its existence.

The existing rules allow Security Council members to oppose any move in the sanctions committees in a clandestine manner and without offering any explanation. The sanctions committees can take decisions only unanimously, and this means any of the 15 members can veto a move. This amounts to allowing a “hidden veto” for every member of the council.

Let’s try to see it from the perspective of international relations. In this age of globalisation and growing clamour for transparency and common sustainable and development goals, is it not time for UN to think over its strategy. A member state has the right to know on what basis are particular decisions blocked and by whom?

Here the matter was related to international terrorism, a very sensitive concern. In the last couple of decades various countries have been making it a priority to deal with terrorism. Earlier it used to be a local problem. But now with advent of organisations like Taliban and followed by ISIS, the problem has become a global epidemic.

With such practices, a long sighted vision is lost in meeting short term goals.  To deal with terrorism, the world needs to unite and speak the same voice or else one day each and every one will have to suffer.


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