Asia Pacific

UN official welcomes ASEAN commitment to human rights, but concerned over declaration wording

The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the renewed commitment by leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to universal human rights norms – but expressed concern that the regional body’s recently-adopted human rights declaration, the region’s first, retains language that is not consistent with international standards.

On Pakistan visit, UN relief official urges spending on resilience to speed up recovery from natural disasters

A United Nations relief official today called on Pakistan and its partners to increase investment in resilience measures that will allow the country to recover from natural disasters, such as floods and earthquakes, which have affected millions of people over the past years.

UN human rights chief disappointed over Pakistan’s first execution in four years

The UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, is disappointed and sad over the news that Pakistan carried out its first execution in four years on Thursday and renewed her call for a moratorium on such practices to be made permanent, according to her spokesperson.

UN experts raise concerns over ‘landmark’ Southeast Asian human rights declaration

The largest body of independent experts in the United Nations human rights system today highlighted their concerns about a draft for Southeast Asia’s first ever regional document on human rights protections, which the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is set to consider on Sunday for adoption.

Myanmar: Ban welcomes Government moves to address violence in Rakhine state

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed moves by Myanmar’s leadership to address the violence taking place in the southeast Asian country’s Rakhine state as “steps in the right direction,” according to his spokesperson today.

UN will use internal review of activities in Sri Lanka to do better, vows senior official

The United Nations is committed to using an internal review that found that the world body failed to meet its responsibilities during the final months of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009 in order to improve how it works and to better serve those in need, a senior official pledged today.

UN independent expert concerned over reports of intimidation of judges in Sri Lanka

A United Nations independent expert today voiced serious concerns about reported intimidation and attacks against judges and judicial officers in Sri Lanka, and warned that they might form part of a pattern of attacks, threats, reprisals and interference in the independence of the justice system in the Asian country.

Following report on activities in Sri Lanka war, Ban determined to strengthen UN responses to crises

“The United Nations system failed to meet its responsibilities,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he released a United Nations report looking into the world body’s actions during the final months of the 2009 war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath.

UN expert urges the Philippines to increase fight against human trafficking

Authorities in the Philippines must strengthen their efforts in combating human trafficking if they are to succeed in eliminating the brutal practice and protect the rights of those affected, a United Nations independent human rights expert warned today.

Indonesia must tackle rising discrimination and violence, says UN human rights chief

Indonesia must tackle increasing levels of discrimination and violence as well as translate its commitments into domestic law if the young democracy is to improve the protection of human rights for all its citizens, a top United Nations official said today.