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UN judicial expert stresses need for further legal reforms in Tajikistan

Tajikistan needs to undertake further legal reforms to ensure its peaceful development, including measures to strengthen human rights enforcement and guarrantee an independent judiciary, a United Nations judicial expert said today.

Pledge by DPR of Korea to abandon nuclear weapons hailed at UN atomic conference

The General Conference of the United Nations atomic watchdog wound up its meetings today, adopting resolutions on various nuclear issues, including the implementation of safeguards in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the application of safeguards in the Middle East.

UN human rights chief wants observers to determine if Uzbek trials are fair

The United Nations human rights commissioner has proposed to Uzbekistan's Government that she send an observer to the ongoing trials of people accused of plotting rebellion in the country earlier this year, to determine if they are being held in compliance with international fair trial guarantees, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Indian and Pakistani cricket teams appointed peace spokespersons by UN sports chief

In recognition of their efforts to use sports to promote peace and overcome regional tensions, the national cricket teams of India and Pakistan were appointed as spokespersons for the International Year of Sport and Physical Education (IYSPE) 2005, the United Nations Special Adviser on Sports said.

UN Pavilion at World Expo celebrates diversity with over 2 million visitors

Surpassing original estimates of attendance, the United Nations Pavilion at Expo Aichi 2005, which closed its doors on 25 September in Aichi, Japan, drew some 2,100,000 visitors to a vivid, comprehensive overview of 38 agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system, the lead agency for the event said today.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns suicide attack against army

Condemning “in the strongest terms” yesterday’s suicide attack against Afghan soldiers in Kabul, the United Nations mission today called on the people of the strife-torn country to rally round the national army as an essential element in restoring stability.

UNICEF starts first of 500 schools in tsunami-battered area of Indonesia

Workmen have started to dig the foundations for the first two of the 500 permanent schools that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will either build or repair in the tsunami-devastated Aceh and North Sumatra areas of Indonesia in a $90 million project.

Democratic reforms must begin immediately in Myanmar: UN rights expert

Citing the persistence of political imprisonment, violations against minorities and squelching of opposition voices in Myanmar, a United Nations human rights expert calls for democratic reforms to begin immediately in that country in his new report to the General Assembly.

Top UN envoy condemns killing of parliamentary candidate in Afghanistan

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today condemned the killing of a candidate in the parliamentary elections held on 18 September and called on the authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.

UN human rights expert calls for redress of 'egregious' abuses in DPR of Korea

Torture, violence against woman and an absence of freedom of opinion and even the rule of law are among the apparent "egregious" abuses that a United Nations human rights expert urges redressed in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in a new report to the General Assembly.