UN Responds to Demands Seeking Removal of Priyanka Chopra as Their Peace Ambassador

"Their personal views or actions do not necessarily reflect those of UNICEF" said Stephane Dujarric...
Published 24 Aug, 2019 07:06pm

Not long ago, Priyanka Chopra was getting hate left, right and centre for her catty comment in response to Ayesha Malik during an event in LA.

Just in, The United Nations has responded to demands seeking removal of Indian actor Priyanka Chopra as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for peace.

"When UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors “speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them,” Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at his daily briefing on Thursday in answer to a question about the actor.

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 Controversy:

Earlier in August, Ayesha Malik had accused the Indian actress of being a “hypocrite” and “encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan” by tweeting in favour of the Indian army in February, when Pakistan and India came to the brink of war in the wake of the Pulwama attack in occupied Kashmir.

In response, Chopra termed Malik's statement as "venting" and instead of properly replying to her, went on to say: “I have many, many friends from Pakistan and I am from India. War is not something I’m really fond of but I am patriotic, so I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments of people who do love me and have loved me. “But I think that all of us have a, sort of, middle ground that we all have to walk. Just like you probably do as well. The way that you came at me right now ... girl, don’t yell. We’re all here for love. Don't embarrass yourself.”

Her response to the poor girl shocked alot of people, Priyanka lost over 3 million followers over this and not just that, people condemed her act and a note was further sent to UN from Shireen Mazari, urging them to remove Priyanka as the Peace Ambassador.