Asia Pacific

UN nuclear inspectors leave DPR Korea

After being ordered out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) earlier this week, United Nations nuclear inspectors left the East Asian nation today.

Sri Lanka: heavy fighting resumes after two-day pause – UN

After the end of the two-day lull in fighting in northern Sri Lanka, intense fighting – including small arms fire, mortar fire and aerial attacks – has been reported in the so-called no-fire zone, the United Nations said today.

UN refugee agency voices concern over murder of 3 Baloch leaders in Pakistan

The United Nations refugee agency has added its voice to the concern expressed over the killing of three Pakistani Baloch leaders last week, urging the South-Asian Government to launch an investigation into the murders.

UN agency chief urges protection of refugees while fighting smugglers

The head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged Member States of the so-called Bali Process on people-smuggling in the Asia-Pacific region to ensure that refugees and asylum-seekers are protected.

Fiji: top UN official calls for restoration of rule of law

In the wake of the nullification of Fiji’s constitution last week, the United Nations human rights chief today expressed deep concern over media censorship and the sacking of judges in the Pacific archipelago nation.

Ban reaffirms concerns over Myanmar in response to US senators’ letter

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today that he shared concerns expressed in a letter sent to him by a group of United States senators about the situation in Myanmar, particularly the continued detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Two-day truce insufficient to alleviate suffering in Sri Lanka – UN official

At the end of a two-day humanitarian pause in Sri Lanka’s military offensive against separatist rebel Tamil forces, the head United Nations humanitarian official today said the ceasefire was inadequate in easing the plight of more than 100,000 civilians caught up in the conflict.

UNESCO head speaks out against murder of Pakistani journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the killing of a Pakistani journalist late last month, stressing that the murder undercuts the right to freedom of expression.

UN nuclear inspectors ordered out of DPR Korea

On the heels of yesterday's condemnation by the Security Council of its recent rocket launch, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today asked United Nations inspectors at the nuclear reprocessing plant in Yongbyon to leave the East Asian nation immediately.

UN agency 'disturbed' by allegations of abusing US funding in Afghanistan

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said it was troubled by accusations leveled at the agency in the media today of spending millions of dollars of United States funding on allegedly substandard construction work for building projects in Afghanistan.