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World News in Brief: Doha talks on Afghanistan, human rights in Belarus, Rohingya refugees in India, global trade rises

World News in Brief: Doha talks on Afghanistan, human rights in Belarus, Rohingya refugees in India, global trade rises
The UN’s top political affairs official on Tuesday reiterated that human rights, especially the rights of Afghan women and girls, and inclusion of all members of the society will continue to be an integral part of all discussions.

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UN's top political affairs official reiterated that human rights, especially the rights of Afghan women and girls, and inclusion of all members of the society will continue to be an integral part of all discussions in Doha. UN independent human rights experts called on Belarusian authorities to pardon or remit the sentences of older persons imprisoned on political charges. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged India to cease the arbitrary mass detention of Rohingya refugees and refrain from forcible deportation and returns to Myanmar. Global trade trends turned positive in the first quarter of 2024, with the value of trade in goods increasing by around 1 per cent quarter-over-quarter and services by about 1.5 per cent. UNCTAD also reported that global forecasts for gross domestic product (GDP) growth remain at around 3 per cent for 2024, with the short-term trade outlook being cautiously optimistic.

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