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Taliban should be ashamed of itself for seizing civilians - UN envoy

While welcoming last night’s final release of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan, the top United Nations envoy in the country said the Taliban rebels who took them captive and killed two of them should be ashamed of themselves for attacking civilians.

Myanmar: UN human rights experts calls for immediate release of protesters

Deploring the arrests of more than 100 peaceful protesters following demonstrations in Myanmar over the recent surge in fuel prices, a United Nations independent human rights expert today appealed for the immediate release of the detainees.

Pakistani flood victims not out of danger, warns UN as it calls for more donations

An estimated 250,000 Pakistanis still face a critical humanitarian situation, more than two months after a cyclone and torrential rains brought floods to the South Asian country, United Nations aid agencies warned today as they urged donors to contribute more to their emergency appeal.

Nepal: UN envoy appeals for end to violence ahead of November polls

The top United Nations envoy to Nepal today called for a halt to violence and threats of communal attacks to ensure a “good climate” for the Constituent Assembly elections scheduled for later this year in the Himalayan nation.

Bangladesh: UN seeks confirmation on conviction of human rights expert

A United Nations expert on the independence of judges and lawyers today voiced concern regarding the trial proceedings of Sigma Huda, a fellow Special Rapporteur who was sentenced to three years in prison by a Bangladeshi court.

Papua New Guinea: UN agencies alarmed by reports that HIV sufferers are buried alive

The United Nations human rights chief and the world body’s HIV/AIDS agency today issued a joint statement voicing alarm at reports that people living with HIV have been buried alive in the Southern Highlands region of Papua New Guinea.

First person charged by UN-backed Cambodia court appeals against detention

The first person to be charged by the United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes three decades ago has appealed against an order for his provisional detention.

Nepal: UN official appeals for unimpeded access for delivery of humanitarian aid

A United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) official today repeated his call for his agency’s staff, trucks carrying food aid and its partners to have unhindered access to deliver urgently-needed humanitarian assistance to flood-impacted people in the Terai region of Nepal.

Malaysian ‘tiger girl’ wins UN-letter writing competition to save the planet

Assuming the mind of a tiger cub, a young Malaysian girl has won a United Nations letter-writing competition, beating out over 3 million other youngsters from around the world who were asked to put themselves in the position of a wild animal whose habitat is threatened by environmental or climate change.

Secretary-General welcomes reports of release of South Korean hostages

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed media reports that the Taliban has agreed to free 19 hostages from the Republic of Korea (ROK) that it has held captive in Afghanistan for more than a month.