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Return of displaced Pakistanis must be voluntary and sustainable – UN relief chief

As families uprooted by the military operations in north-west Pakistan begin to make their way back home, it is vital to ensure that the returns are voluntary, that it is safe for them to repatriate and that basic services have been restored, the top United Nations relief official said today.

Uprooted families begin returning to north-west Pakistan, report UN agency

Around 800 people displaced by the conflict in north-west Pakistan have headed back home yesterday under a government-run programme, while another 2,500 are slated to return today, the United Nations refugee agency reported.

Terrorism kills more Afghan civilians than any military action – UN mission

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has spoken out against the use of suicide bombings and other terrorist activities, which it says kills more civilians than any other military action.

Ban calls on Myanmar’s authorities to engage more closely with the UN

Myanmar will gain a lot if it increases cooperation with the United Nations and the international community, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the country’s authorities to work more closely with the UN to jointly advance the causes of national reconciliation, democracy, respect for human rights and sustainable development.

Pakistan’s displacement crisis at ‘critical moment,’ says UN humanitarian chief

The humanitarian effort to help millions in north-west Pakistan uprooted by clashes between the Government and insurgents is at a critical stage, the top United Nations relief official said today, as the national authorities unveiled their return plan for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

UN responding to deadly landslide in Myanmar

The United Nations is assessing how it can assist Myanmar in the wake of a deadly landslide caused by heavy rains which swept away a jade miners’ settlement in the north of the country.

UN humanitarian chief gets first-hand look at site of Pakistani clashes

The United Nations humanitarian chief today visited the district of Buner in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the scene of the recent fighting between the Government and insurgents that uprooted over 2 million people.

Violence against Afghan women widespread and unpunished, finds UN report

Violence against women, including rape, is widespread in Afghanistan, according to a new United Nations report, which details the extent of the problem against a backdrop of impunity and a failure by authorities to protect women’s rights.

Uprooted Pakistanis express desire to return home to UN relief chief

Displaced Pakistanis, driven from their homes by fighting between Government forces and militants in north-west of the country, today expressed their desire to return home as soon as possible to the top United Nations relief official.

UN human rights chief alarmed by ‘major tragedy’ in western China

The top United Nations human rights official today expressed her alarm at the high number of casualties sustained during this weekend’s rioting in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region, calling on all people to show restraint in the wake of the “major tragedy.”