Asia Pacific

Myanmar: UN chief welcomes agreement to de-escalate conflict in Kachin

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement by peace negotiators of the Myanmar Government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) to work on a framework to de-escalate the violent conflict in the northern state of Kachin.

UN human rights experts urge Bangladesh to ensure fair trials for past crimes

Two independent United Nations human rights experts today stressed that justice for past crimes in Bangladesh requires fair trials, after voicing concern at recent sentences, including the death penalty, handed down in cases that did not ensure due process.

Cost of corruption in Afghanistan nearly $4 billion – UN survey

The total cost of corruption in Afghanistan has significantly increased over the past three years to $3.9 billion, according to a United Nations survey released today, which says that in spite of fewer people paying bribes, the practice is still having detrimental effects due to its frequency.

At UN-backed meeting, Asian countries seek ways to reduce air pollution

Officials from 19 Asian countries today began a series of discussions to catalyze action to reduce the impact of air pollutants in the Asia-Pacific region as part of a United Nations-backed meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

Russia must drop draft bill that would penalize ‘homosexual propaganda’ – UN experts

A group of United Nations experts today called on the Russian parliament to discard a draft bill that would ban ‘propaganda of homosexuality among minors,’ stressing that the proposed legislation would undermine human rights in the country.

UNAIDS applauds Mongolia for removing HIV-related travel restrictions

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed the recent law reforms in Mongolia that have removed all travel restrictions and other discriminatory provisions for people living with HIV.