Asia Pacific

Sri Lanka: UN expert calls on Government to probe executions captured on video

An independent United Nations human rights expert has called on Sri Lankan authorities to thoroughly investigate the apparent execution of several men by Government soldiers, saying a disputed video of the incident seems to be authentic.

Australian Archives to receive UN prize for preserving heritage

The United Nations cultural agency has designated National Archives of Australia (NAA) as this year's winner of an award that recognizes significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

Welcoming extension of Nepalese parliament, Ban urges progress on constitution

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday welcomed the agreement reached by the parties in Nepal to extend the Constituent Assembly, which was tasked with adopting a new constitution by 28 May, and the reaffirmation of their commitment to complete the peace process.

Nepal: UN welcomes new law on caste-based discrimination

United Nations human rights officials and their counterparts in Nepal today welcomed a new law prohibiting discrimination against people who are considered members of low castes and are known as “untouchables” or “Dalits.”

Australia: UN urges rethink of policies on indigenous peoples and asylum-seekers

While stressing Australia’s long-standing commitment to human rights, a top United Nations official today said the country is failing to protect certain groups and urged it to rethink its policies towards indigenous peoples and asylum-seekers.

Asia-Pacific fuel importers and exporters agree at UN forum on cooperation

Major fossil fuel exporting and importing nations in the Asia-Pacific, meeting at a United Nations forum, agreed today to enhance cooperation to promote energy self-reliance in a region where high food and oil prices threaten economic recovery.

Secretary-General urges Asian media to help bridge digital divide

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on delegates to an Asian media conference to bridge the digital divide that can separate rich and poor depending on their access to modern telecommunications.

UN-backed Asia-Pacific forum stresses social protection for poverty reduction

Basic social protection for all segments of the population is key to protecting people from extreme poverty and economic exclusion, according to views expressed today by government representatives from the Asia-Pacific region attending a United Nations forum in Thailand.

Treatment of ethnic minorities in Myanmar limiting path to democracy – UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert on Myanmar said today that the continued treatment and condition of ethnic minority groups in the country’s border areas were seriously restricting the Government’s intended transition to democracy.

Nepal: Ban urges end to stalemate, days before deadline for new constitution

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern that despite the fast-approaching deadline for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly to complete its work, there is still no agreement on the contentious issues of the integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants and the key elements of a new constitution.