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Turkmenistan has long way to go in ensuring human rights, says UN official

Despite some progress, Turkmenistan still has a long way to go in promoting human rights, says a senior United Nations official, who cited the need to address issues such as judicial independence, discrimination and the plight of vulnerable groups.

Cambodia must move forward with judiciary, land and electoral reforms – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today called on the Cambodian Government to keep moving forward with judiciary, electoral, economic and land reforms, stressing his readiness to assist the country with remaining challenges to implement his recommendations.

Perpetrators of attack in Afghanistan must be brought to justice – Security Council

The Security Council today underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of the attack on a compound of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to justice, and expressed serious concern over the threat that terrorist groups pose to the country.

UN rights experts call for stronger protection of victims of caste-based discrimination

More than 260 million people across the world are still victims of human rights abuses due to caste-based discrimination, United Nations independent experts warned today, urging South Asian countries to strengthen legislation to protect them.

Afghanistan: UN condemns terrorist attack on partner agency’s compound

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a compound of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in central Kabul, which earlier today wounded three of the agency’s staff, one seriously.

Japan must continue efforts to deactivate Fukushima nuclear plant – UN agency

Although Japan has made progress towards stabilizing the damaged reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crippled by a devastating earthquake two years ago, there are still issues to be resolved before it can begin its deactivation, the United Nations atomic agency said in a report released today.

Nepal: Ban urges all parties to ‘maintain momentum’ to hold elections within timetable

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties in Nepal to overcome remaining political obstacles to hold the country’s next elections within the existing timetable.

UN official encourages Kyrgyzstan to tackle causes of 2010 inter-communal violence

A senior United Nations official has encouraged Kyrgyzstan’s efforts to address the causes of the inter-communal violence that erupted in 2010, while stressing that they must be fully in line with human rights standards.

UN agency to open nuclear emergency preparedness centre in Fukushima

Experts from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are heading to Japan to launch an emergency preparedness and response centre in Fukushima, the coastal city devastated two years ago when a massive earthquake and tsunami set off meltdowns at a nuclear power plant.

UN praises Bangladesh's preparedness, response to tropical storm Mahasen

The United Nations has commended the work carried out by the Bangladeshi Government ahead of tropical storm Mahasen, which hit the country last Thursday, noting it saved thousands of lives.