Asia Pacific

Nepal: Secretary-General welcomes extension of Constituent Assembly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the extension of the Constituent Assembly, which has been tasked with drafting the country's new constitution.

UN experts urge Pakistan to act after religious minority members killed

Three United Nations human rights experts today called on the Pakistani Government to take every step to ensure the safety of religious minorities after the killing of at least 70 members of the Ahmadiyyah community, noting that numerous early warning signs had not been properly heeded.

As deadline looms, Ban urges Nepal to agree on extending Constituent Assembly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties in Nepal to reach consensus on extending the body tasked with drafting the country’s new constitution, which was supposed to be completed by 28 May.

Timor-Leste: UN helps set up local factory to produce fortified food

Vulnerable people in Timor-Leste will receive a nutritional boost, thanks to a new food fortification factory set up with assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Level of police violence in Papua New Guinea alarms UN expert on torture

An independent United Nations human rights expert has voiced concern about the “regular practice” of police violence in Papua New Guinea, which he said often reaches the level of torture, as well as appalling conditions for detainees.

Ban calls for free media, including on the Internet, in message to Asian forum

Access to free media is a fundamental human right, yet in many countries in Asia and elsewhere journalists risk intimidation, detention and even their lives, simply for doing their jobs, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a regional forum today in Beijing.

Donors urged to contribute to UN-backed genocide court in Cambodia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to donors to provide urgent funding to the United Nations-backed court tasked with bringing justice to the people of Cambodia for the heinous crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s.

UN backs training on harmful use of narcotics in Afghanistan

The United Nations is supporting a series of training programmes in Afghanistan for educators so they can then impart knowledge on the harmful effects of drug use, including the risk of HIV/AIDS infection, to their peers, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported today.

Ban sure of ‘appropriate’ Security Council action on Republic of Korea ship

The deliberate sinking of a navy ship off the coast of the Republic of Korea by its northern neighbour, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has dealt a blow to efforts to promote peace in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, voicing hope that the Security Council will act swiftly on the issue.

As floods hit Sri Lanka, UN agencies back Government relief efforts

United Nations agencies are supporting the efforts of the Sri Lankan Government to provide relief to an estimated half a million people affected by floods in the South Asian island country following a week of torrential rainfall that has claimed the lives of at least 20 people.