The United Nations has responded to demands seeking for the removal of Indian actress Priyanka Chopra as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for peace.
The spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric said: “when UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them”. He replied to a question about the actress at his daily briefing on Thursday.
“Their personal views or actions do not necessarily reflect those of UNICEF,” he said, adding, “When they speak on behalf of the UNICEF, we expect them to adhere to UNICEF’s evidence-based impartial positions.” About their role, he said: “The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent individuals who have agreed to generously volunteer their time and their public profile to promote children’s rights.”
The Indian actress has been under severe criticism internationally as her hypocrisy was unfolded internationally when she tweeted encouraging Indian military to wage war against Pakistan.
Pakistan Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has written a letter to the UNICEF demanding the removal of Priyanka Chopra as Goodwill Ambassador over the Kashmir issue, and also cited the Indian actress’ “jingoism and support” for the Indian government’s action in Kashmir.
Earlier at the BeatyCon, Pakistani-American Ayesha Malik called out UNGWA Priyanka Chopra for warmongering following the Balakot airstrikes.
However, the microphone was snatched from Ayesha’ hand and moreover, Priyanka tried to justify her stance by labeling herself that she is ‘patriotic’, and quoted ‘we’re all here for love‘.
The incident has caused a massive backlash against the Quantico actress, people are demanding to revoke her UN goodwill ambassador status, and she has also lost three million followers on Instagram.
The Indian is being condemned internationally for supporting the war between the neighbouring countries.