Asia Pacific

Nepal: UN human rights official voices concern about promotion of army officer

The top United Nations human rights official in Nepal has raised concerns with the country’s defence ministry about the proposed promotion of an army officer who commanded a battalion responsible for acts of torture, arbitrary detention and other human rights violations.

No effort must be spared to aid displaced Pakistanis, says UN relief chief

The top United Nations relief official kicked off a four-day visit to Pakistan today, urging that no effort be spared to tackle the humanitarian crisis involving over 2 million people uprooted by fighting between Government forces and militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Better water management key to tackling Afghan poverty, UN envoy says

The inefficient management of Afghanistan’s water resources is critical to both the country’s widespread poverty and deadly tribal conflicts over territory, a United Nations envoy said today, calling for better management to help foster stability and build prosperity.

UN mission helping to boost aid effectiveness in Afghanistan

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is helping to increase the effectiveness of aid to the South Asian nation by boosting cooperation between the Government and donors.

Joint UN-Timorese police operation smashes human trafficking ring in capital

United Nations Police (UNPOL) serving in Timor-Leste and the South-East Asian country’s police force (PNTL) say they have cracked a human trafficking ring after arresting 10 people during a joint operation in a bar in the capital, Dili.

Security Council condemns latest missile tests by DPR Korea

The Security Council today condemned the ballistic missile tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the weekend, saying they violate Council resolutions and pose a threat to regional and international security.

Myanmar's human rights record matter of 'grave concern,' says Ban

Myanmar's future must be rooted in respect for human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, voicing his deep disappointment that the South-East Asian nation's Government refused his request to meet with Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

UN helping Timorese uprooted families return home peacefully

The United Nations is assisting families displaced by violence which shook Timor-Leste in 2006 return to their homes and preventing potential conflicts in their communities.

Dozens of UN Volunteers head to Timor-Leste to support local polls

Dozens of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) are heading to Timor-Leste to help the fledgling nation’s upcoming local elections.

Japanese official chosen to head UN atomic watchdog

A Japanese diplomat with a lengthy record of working on disarmament and non-proliferation issues will be the next chief of the United Nations nuclear watchdog after winning a secret ballot today against two other candidates.