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UN asks Laos for access to thousands of Hmong deported from Thailand

The United Nations refugee agency today asked the Government of Laos for access to some 4,000 ethnic Hmong Laotians who were deported from Thailand yesterday although many had been there for over 30 years and some were recognized as being in need of international protection.

Insecurity lowers Afghan returns 2009, UN reports

The number of Afghan refugees trickling home from Iran and Pakistan plummeted this year, with the United Nations refugee agency pinning the blame for the low number of returns on insecurity, limited economic opportunities and political insecurity in the wake of August’s national polls.

Five years after Indian Ocean tsunami, affected nations rebuilding better – UN

Five years after the massive Indian Ocean tsunami, which left a devastating trail of death and destruction, millions of people have benefited from the influx of aid by rebuilding stronger infrastructure, social services and disaster warning systems than existed before the catastrophe, according to the United Nations agencies at the core of the recovery effort.

UN food agency shocked at killing of staff member in Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed its deep distress over the killing of one of its staff members in a suicide bomb attack in the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

UN refugee chief expresses dismay as Thailand expels thousands of Lao Hmong

The head of the United Nations refugee agency has expressed dismay as Thai authorities began the forced deportation today of thousands of ethnic Hmong back to neighbouring Laos.

Imprisonment of Chinese dissident deeply concerns UN human rights chief

The top United Nations human rights official voiced deep concern today over the verdict and severe sentencing of a prominent Chinese writer, warning that this represents a serious setback for human rights in China.

Nepal: UN human rights official voices concern about promotion of army officer

A top United Nations official in Nepal today expressed serious reservations over the controversial promotion of a military General with ties to breaches of human rights to be second-in-command in Nepal's army.

UN human rights expert urges China to cancel planned execution

A United Nations human rights expert today urged China to cancel the scheduled execution of a man convicted of drug trafficking, saying there are strong signs that he suffers from mental illness and that this was not taken into account during sentencing.

UN appeals for halt to Thai plans to deport thousands of Hmong to Laos

The United Nations refugee chief today called on the Thai Government not to deport around 4,000 ethnic Hmong to neighbouring Laos.

UNESCO chief deplores Central Asian attacks on journalists

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending the freedom of the press today condemned this week's attacks on a journalist reported to have been highly critical of authorities in Kyrgyzstan and a separate suicide bombing in the Peshawar Press Club in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan.