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'Time is of essence' in setting up court for Khmer Rouge crimes - UN official

With the United Nations and Cambodia having just concluded a draft framework concerning the prosecution of Khmer Rouge leaders, the top UN legal official today stressed that "time is of essence" in getting final approval to establish the special court.

UN rights expert to exam administration of justice, civil liberties in Myanmar

A United Nations human rights expert is headed to Myanmar for a week-long follow up investigation into the Government's efforts to ensure the genuine exercise of civil liberties and overall developments in the administration of justice in the country.

UN envoy heading to DPR of Korea for talks on relief aid

A top envoy for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is heading to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) this week to discuss with authorities there progress on the UN's emergency appeal for humanitarian aid to the country.

UN rights official wraps up visit to Central Asia

A top United Nations rights official has wrapped up a two-week visit to Central Asia with a stop in Turkmenistan, where he urged decision-makers to step up cooperation with human rights institutions and activists to help address widespread allegations of grave violations of human rights.

UN and Cambodia reach draft agreement for prosecuting Khmer Rouge crimes

The United Nations and Cambodia have reached a draft agreement concerning the prosecution under that country's law of crimes committed during the period of Democratic Kampuchea.

Nane Annan stresses importance of hygiene education at World Water Forum

Nane Annan, wife of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, participated today in the Third World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan, where experts have gathered to seek ideas to forestall a future water crisis caused by population growth, pollution and climate change.

Top UN official seeks to promote human rights in Central Asia

A senior United Nations human rights official, on a two-week visit to countries of Central Asia, has discussed efforts to improve respect for civil liberties with the governments of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

UN, Cambodia begin talks on accord for special court for Khmer Rouge

Representatives from the United Nations and Cambodia today began intensive talks in Phnom Penh on a draft agreement for a special court to try former leaders of the Khmer Rouge.

UN legal counsel in Cambodia for talks on special court for Khmer Rouge

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Hans Corell, met today with a senior Cambodian official in Phnom Penh to discuss the work programme for negotiations on the remaining parts of a draft agreement concerning the trial of Khmer Rouge leaders.

UN health agency issues global alert on atypical pneumonia

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global alert today about a severe, atypical form of pneumonia reported to have spread among hospital staff in Viet Nam and Hong Kong, and in Guangdong province in China.