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Robinson advises East Timor constitutional assembly on human rights

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, has made a number of recommendations aimed at strengthening and clarifying human rights aspects of the constitution now under debate in East Timor, the UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said today.

Deteriorating conditions in eastern Afghanistan drive civilians to flee, UN reports

Deteriorating conditions in eastern Afghanistan are pushing more Afghans to flee towards Pakistan, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Afghanistan: Brahimi continues contacts in support of political transition

The senior United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today continued his consultations in Kabul aimed at supporting the country's political transition.

UNHCR aids group of Afghans fleeing air strikes; UN anti-measles drive gathers speed

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that it had moved to a refugee camp in southern Pakistan about 1,000 Afghans who were part of a larger group that had unexpectedly arrived earlier this week in the no-man's land border area after fleeing bombardments in Afghanistan.

East Timor assembly adopts constitutional articles on presidential office

Resuming work on the territory's first-ever constitution, the East Timor Constituent Assembly today passed five articles dealing with the status, election and appointment of the President of the Republic, the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAET) reported.

Brahimi warns about desperate public health situation in Afghanistan

Recognizing that the public health situation in Afghanistan was in a desperate state, the United Nations chief envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today said he hoped the international community would pay attention to this issue.

Afghan women applaud new UN anti-measles drive

Thousands of women in Kabul have eagerly welcomed a large-scale United Nations drive to immunize Afghan children against measles - a major yet preventable killer disease among the young, UN officials said today.

Reversing recent trend, thousands of Afghans seek to enter Pakistan, UN reports

Reversing the recent trend of Afghans returning to their country across international borders, thousands of new refugees from Afghanistan are seeking to enter Pakistan, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.