Asia Pacific

Timor-Leste: UN envoy calls for an expanded mission

Given the fragile security situation in Timor-Leste, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to that country today called on the Security Council to establish a new, larger United Nations mission there.

Indonesia: Annan hails progress in building peace in Aceh

Marking the first anniversary of the signing of a pact between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh movement, Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed progress in efforts to build peace in the region, which has seen nearly 30 years of separatist conflict, and said elections will mark the next crucial chapter in the process.

Alarmed at rising violence in Sri Lanka, Annan calls for halt to fighting

Adding his voice to a growing chorus of United Nations officials speaking out against the rising bloodshed in Sri Lanka, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deplored recent attacks, including the weekend assassination of a Government peace official, and called on both sides to stop fighting and resume talks.

Domestic violence in Afghanistan is ‘endemic,’ perpetrators go unpunished – UN study

Domestic violence against Afghan women appears endemic, and attacks against them usually take place with impunity, according to a disturbing new report by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Timor-Leste: UN commissioners probing violence earlier this year end visit

The three officials serving on the United Nations Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste today completed the first of two visits aimed at looking into the violence that exploded in the country earlier this year, causing dozens of deaths and forcing 15 per cent of the country’s entire population to flee their homes.

Sri Lanka: UN experts denounce murders of aid workers as numbers of displaced surge

Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans have been forced to flee their homes because of the escalating violence in the northeast of the country, the United Nations refugee agency said today as it warned that many more have probably been displaced but cannot be reached by humanitarian groups because of the continued fighting.

Pakistan: UN refugee agency conducts hygiene campaign in quake zone camps

In a bid to help prevent the spread of disease, the lead United Nations agency managing camps that continue to house thousands of refugees from last October’s deadly earthquake in Pakistan has just completed a campaign to promote better hygiene.

Annan offers UN support to India after deadly floods affect 6 million people

Expressing deep sadness over the deadly floods in India, which have killed over 160 people and affected more than 6 million, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the world body was ready to offer whatever assistance was needed to help the Government deal with the disaster.

Refugees sent back to Uzbekistan at ‘serious risk’ of torture, warns UN rights chief

The top United Nations human rights official warned today that the four Uzbek refugees and one asylum seeker sent home by Kyrgyzstan earlier this week face a “serious risk” of torture, as she called for immediate international access to the five detainees and urged Kyrgyz authorities.

Nepalese civilians are given lifesaving health services by UN agency

Civilians in Nepal deprived of lifesaving reproductive health care during the country's decade-long civil conflict will soon have access to treatment in special camps organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with support from the European Commission.