Asia Pacific

UNAIDS hails Indian court decision decriminalizing homosexuality

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has hailed today’s decision by an Indian court to overturn a 150-year-old law and decriminalize homosexuality, voicing hope that more countries that ban same-sex activity will follow suit.

Health threats to displaced Pakistanis major concern for UN agencies

United Nations agencies have expressed their concerns about the health and welfare of the approximately 2 million displaced people living in north-west Pakistan, while also lauding the Pakistanis who have provided food, shelter and other resources to those in need.

Ban discusses Myanmar during talks with Singapore’s leaders

The situation in Myanmar and the global economic crisis topped the agenda today when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with Singapore’s leaders on the latest stop of his international trip.

UN rights expert concerned at restriction of lawyers’ freedom in Cambodia

A United Nations independent human rights expert today voiced concern at attempts to curtail lawyers’ freedom to effectively represent their clients in Cambodia, with criminal charges being leveled recently against attorneys in the South-East Asian nation.

Lack of funding forces UN food agency to reduce operations in DPR Korea

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is being forced to scale back its emergency operation to reach six million hungry and vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) due to a severe lack of funding.

Independent probe into Bhutto murder begins work today – UN

The independent commission charged with examining the facts and circumstances behind the December 2007 assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto formally began its work today, the United Nations said.

Climate change, DPR Korea focus of Ban’s talks with Japanese leader

Japan’s leadership in combating climate change, as well as the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), dominated today’s talks between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso.

Pakistani returnees receive first food rations from UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started providing regular food rations to families returning home to tribal areas in Pakistan’s northwest that they had fled after the upsurge in violence in the region over the past year.

Murder of another Filipino journalist prompts UNESCO condemnation

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplored the recent murder of a radio commentator in the Philippines, the fourth such killing of a journalist in the Asian country this year.