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UN-backed tribunal processing over 500 Khmer Rouge victims’ complaints

The United Nations-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes is currently processing and responding to more than 500 complaints submitted by Cambodians on crimes which took place three decades ago.

Recent Chinese snowstorms signal ‘freak weather’ becoming the norm – UN

The recent snowstorms in China which have directly impacted more than 100 million people throughout the country have signaled that “freak weather” is becoming increasingly more common, the United Nations body that seeks to mitigate the impact of natural disasters said today.

UN survey: Afghan opium production remains ‘shockingly high’

A United Nations study of opium production in Afghanistan released today has concluded that this year’s cultivation levels remain shockingly high, and will be broadly similar to or slightly lower than last year’s record harvest of 192,000 hectares.

In Timor-Leste, UN and FRETILIN discuss security sector reform

Top officials from the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today met with the leadership of the former ruling party FRETILIN to discuss security sector reform.

Myanmar: UN rights expert dismayed over continued arrests, detentions

Nearly five months after Myanmar’s forceful crackdown on peaceful protesters, political and human rights activists continue to be arrested, detained and sentenced to prison, an independent United Nations expert said today.

UN calls for end to attacks against aid workers assisting vulnerable Afghans

United Nations officials in Afghanistan have called for an immediate halt to attacks against aid workers trying to assist vulnerable communities with food, medicine and warm clothing amid recent heavy snowfall and a rise in food prices.

UN transfers more authority to national police in Timor-Leste

United Nations Police in Timor-Leste today transferred authority to their national counterparts at three police posts in the capital, Dili.

Culture of impunity puts Nepalese peace process at risk, warns senior UN official

Although Nepal has made important progress since ending its decade-long conflict with the Maoists more than a year ago, a senior United Nations official has warned that an ongoing culture of impunity for human rights violations is endangering the peace process.

Khmer Rouge victims participate in ‘historic day’ at UN-backed tribunal

Cambodians who suffered under the rule of the Khmer Rouge participated for the first time today in the United Nations-backed tribunal trying the movement’s leaders.

Ban Ki-moon applauds India’s ‘unfailing’ assistance to Nepalese

India has played a vital and long-standing role in helping the people of Nepal and also in supporting the efforts of the United Nations across the South Asian region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says.