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UN human rights experts call on DPR Korea to suspend scheduled execution

United Nations human rights experts today called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to suspend the scheduled execution for alleged treason of a prisoner reportedly tortured and then sentenced to death without a trial.

Timor-Leste: UN steps up aid to scores of thousands of people displaced by violence

With violence decreasing markedly in Timor-Leste over the past 24 hours although youth gangs are still on the streets, United Nations agencies today stepped up aid for 100,000 people uprooted by weeks of turmoil aggravated by the dismissal of a third of the armed forces in the country which the UN shepherded to independence from Indonesia in 2002.

UN agencies and partners work to help survivors of Indonesia earthquake

Five days after an earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Yogyakarta region, United Nations agencies and their partners from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) continue to support the Government’s efforts to help tens of thousands of survivors who are in dire need of food, medicines and shelter.

New Kyrgyz rules could violate refugee convention, UN agency says

Amendments to Kyrgyzstan’s refugee law could violate the 1951 Refugee Convention, which the Central Asian country has ratified, if they deny access of illegal foreigners to refugee status determination procedures, the relevant United Nations agency said today.

In message to Asian media summit, Annan urges respect for press freedom

In a message to participants at an Asian media summit in Malaysia, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged governments to reaffirm their commitment to press freedom while calling on media professionals to exercise their rights responsibly.

Cambodia: UN experts call for halt to eviction of up to several thousand families

United Nations human rights experts today called for a halt to evictions of up to several thousand families in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, as part of a plan to redevelop land claimed to be the property of a private company, where hundreds of families have already been rendered homeless.

Senior UN official ‘hits ground running’ in seeking to resolve Timor-Leste violence

With a senior United Nations official on the ground in Timor-Leste today seeking to defuse the violence that has torn through the small country in recent weeks, UN agencies have resumed food distributions to camps holding 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) but conditions in them are worsening due to overcrowding and rain.

Myanmar: Annan vows to fight on for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today vowed to continue working for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, whose house arrest the authorities have extended.

Following deadly riots in Afghanistan, Annan pledges continued UN support

Reacting to the recent deadly riots in Afghanistan reportedly sparked by a road accident involving a United States convoy, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed that the United Nations would continue its assistance for stability in the war-wracked country.

International aid flowing to Indonesia following quake – UN

Increasing international assistance is arriving in Yogayakarta, Indonesia, following last Friday's earthquake, which has claimed more than 5,000 lives and injured more than 8,000 people, the United Nations said today as its agencies rushed food, medicine, other supplies and cash to the area.