Asia Pacific

UN chief welcomes agreement by two Koreas to re-open Kaesong industrial complex

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement between the two Koreas on the re-opening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, adding that he hopes this will lead to other constructive steps to promote trust and improve relations between the East Asian neighbours.

Bangladesh: UN urges immediate release of detained human rights defender

The United Nations today voiced concern about the recent arrest of a prominent human rights defender in Bangladesh and urged the Government to secure his immediate release.

UN chief hails Pakistan’s leading role in peacekeeping operations

Visiting Pakistan on the eve of its Independence Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the country’s lead role in United Nations peacekeeping operations, while also addressing issues such as girls’ education and the use of drones.

UN renews call for dialogue between displaced persons and Myanmar authorities

The United Nations refugee agency today reiterated its call for dialogue between displaced Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and national authorities after recent violent clashes left one man dead and 10 other people injured.

Resumption of death penalty ‘major setback’ for human rights in Viet Nam – UN

The United Nations human rights office today said that the resumption of the death penalty in Viet Nam represents a “major setback” in the country’s human rights record.

In Nagasaki message, Ban stresses need for education on benefits of nuclear disarmament

In his message to a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the benefits of nuclear disarmament must be spread worldwide through education.

UN mission condemns attack on female Afghan senator and family

The United Nations has condemned the attack on Wednesday which led to the wounding of Afghan Senator Rouh Gul Khairzad and various members of her family, as well the death of her eight-year-old daughter and her driver.

UN welcomes Myanmar's release of dozens of children from its armed forces

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the release of 68 children and young people from Myanmar's armed forces known as Tatmadaw, carried out under the auspices of an accord between the Government and the world body.

Perpetrators of abuses during 2010 violence in Thailand must be held accountable – UN

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern at an amnesty bill being discussed this week in Thailand’s Parliament that, if adopted, could pardon people involved in serious rights violations during the political violence that occurred in April and May 2010.

Head of UNESCO condemns third murder of Filipino journalist in recent days

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of Mario Sy, the third Filipino journalist gunned down in recent days, and urged a thorough investigation into the killing.