Asia Pacific

UN women's anti-discrimination panel considers trafficking risk in DPR of Korea

The committee reviewing reports from United Nations Member States on progress towards equality for women has asked delegates from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) whether, with the shortfall in recent agricultural production, women were risking being trafficked as they sought food for their families.

Violence against women in Afghanistan remains dramatic – UN expert

From forced child marriages entailing physical and sexual abuse to the public execution of a woman on local council’s orders, from girls burning themselves to death out of despair to impunity for abusers, violence against women in Afghanistan is a dramatic problem that must be addressed now, a top United Nations expert said today.

Annan welcomes preliminary peace deal between Indonesia and Aceh separatists

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warmly welcomed the preliminary peace agreement reached yesterday between the Indonesian Government and the separatist Free Aceh Movement, intended to end nearly 30 years of conflict in the province.

Senior UN envoy Brahimi calls for peaceful return to constitutional order in Nepal

With Nepal facing a "very serious crisis," senior United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said that a solution is "not beyond reach," and urged all political forces to work together to restore constitutional order and multi-party democracy in the strife-torn Himalayan kingdom, where Maoist rebels have been battling the Government for nine years.

UN emergency relief office appeals for help as heavy flooding affects Tajikistan

The United Nations office on emergency assistance today appealed for food, medicines and other supplies as flooding continued in Tajikistan after two months of heavy rains joined the water from thawing snow and ice.

In Afghanistan, UN expert on violence against women meets with female prisoners

The United Nations expert on violence against women, on a 10-day fact-finding mission to Afghanistan, has interviewed female prisoners in Kabul and Kandahar, the two largest cities in a country where women’s rights were seriously restricted under the Taliban regime ousted four years ago.

Tsunami envoy Clinton urges UN to keep up momentum on relief effort

Former United States President Bill Clinton, the United Nations Special Envoy overseeing recovery efforts from last December's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, today urged the UN and its partners to maintain momentum for what may by the most difficult phase, declaring that the world body was "the glue that holds international cooperation together."

UN rights chief again calls for independent probe into May killings in Uzbekistan

Citing credible eyewitness testimony “strongly suggesting” that Uzbek military and security forces committed grave human rights violations which could amount to a “mass killing” in May, the United Nations human rights agency today reiterated calls for an independent international probe.

DPR of Korea: children malnourished and underweight despite progress, says UN

Despite some progress since the famine of the mid-1990s, children in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are still malnourished and underweight by United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

Annan welcomes agreement to re-start talks on DPR of Korea

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the agreement reached in Beijing by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and United States negotiators to resume the six-party talks aimed at achieving a peaceful resolution of the DPRK nuclear issue.