Recently rape-accused fugitive self-styled godman Nithyananda created quite a storm online after he shared the photo of a representative of the ‘United States of Kailasa’ at a United Nations event.
According to him, Ma Vijayapriya Nithyananda attended the 19th United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESR).
Did United States of Kailasa get UN recognition?
The photos gave the impression that Nithyananda’s fictional nation of ‘Kailasa’, which nobody knows the geographical location of, has been recognised by the United Nations.
The UN has 193 member states, which are sovereign countries and has stringent rules for admission that require the approval of both the Security Council and the General Assembly.
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Apart from sovereign nations, there are a handful of Permanent Observers, which are non-member states and are members of one or more specialised agencies.
And Nithyananda’s Kailasa does not even qualify for this status.
So what was the so-called ‘Permanent Ambassador of Kailasa to the UN’ doing in Geneva?
What is CESCR?
What the Permanent Ambassador of Kailasa attended was an open meeting of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) which is established to monitor compliance with obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
CESCR is a “body of 18 independent experts that monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by its State parties.”
The covenant was adopted by the General Assembly in 1966 and ratified by India in 1979.
Anybody can speak at CESCR
It is more like an open forum and a link for registering for the event is available on CESCR’s website.
The February 24 meeting took a break from evaluating the reports of countries to have the general discussion featuring experts on sustainable development, legal matters, indigenous people, poverty and labour standards speaking about how the covenant applied to these issues in which two USK representatives were seen.
The UN human rights outfits in Geneva are very generous in allowing people to come in and speak at open sessions of their meetings, often drawing charlatans and dubious organisations who make weird claims. The organisations’ open procedures allow them to submit presentations that are included in their archives, which makes it seem official.
What Nithyananda’s representative said
At the event, a woman who introduced herself as Vijayapriya Nithyananda, USK’s representative to the UN claimed that under the “Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism” Nithyananda, “Kailasa has been implementing the ancient Hindu policies and indigenous solutions that are in alignment with time-tested Hindu principles” for sustainable development”.
She also sought the UN’s involvement in stopping the “persecution” of Nithyananda, who fled India in 2019, after an arrest warrant was issued against him in a rape case.
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