The United Nations has responded to a request by Human Rights Minister of Pakistan Shireen Mazari for the removal of the Indian actress Priyanka Chopra as Goodwill Ambassador.
Minister Mazari reportedly wrote to UNICEF Director Henriietta Fore demanding the ouster of the actress for her tweet in support of the Indian forces following an airstrike by Indian Air Force in Balakot late in February.
However, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters on Thursday “When UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them.”
Responding to a question about the actress, Dujarric said “Their personal views or actions do not necessarily reflect those of UNICEF.”
Meanwhile, he said “When they speak on behalf of the UNICEF, we expect them to adhere to UNICEF’s evidence-based impartial positions.”
Apart from Minister Mazari’s letter in which she had accused the actress of ‘jingoism’ and support for the Indian armed forces as well as ‘support for nuclear war’, several online petitions also called for her ouster from the Ambassadorship.
Pakistan intensified criticisms against the actress after India scrapped the Article 370, revoking the special status of Kashmir.