Asia Pacific

ICC Prosecutor looking into possibility of war crimes in Republic of Korea

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today that his Office is looking into whether recent incidents committed in the Republic of Korea constitute war crimes after receiving communications from Korean citizens alleging that to be the case.

Next two months crucial for Myanmar’s political future, warns Secretary-General

The next two months will be crucial for Myanmar, potentially determining its political future and its place in the international community, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, citing the unsatisfactory nature of recent elections and the need to include those who were excluded.

UN humanitarian chief urges continued support for conflict-affected Pakistanis

The United Nations top humanitarian official today visited people affected by conflict in northwestern Pakistan and appealed for continued humanitarian assistance for them, many of whom expressed their desire to return to their areas of origin.

Afghanistan: Senior UN humanitarian official visits Kandahar ahead of appeal launch

The United Nations deputy emergency relief coordinator, Catherine Bragg, today visited Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar as part of her mission to the country ahead of tomorrow's launch the humanitarian appeal for the South Asian nation.

UN support for Nepal to continue after its mission departs – official

The United Nations will continue to support Nepal's development efforts, as well as the process towards political stability, even after the departure of the UN mission from the country next month, the head of the world body's department of political affairs said today.

On visit to Nepal, UN political chief urges parties to advance peace process

The United Nations political chief arrived today in Nepal to assess progress in the country’s peace process and discuss what needs to be done to ensure a smooth transition following the departure of the world body’s mission next month.

UN completes shelter project for Kyrgyz left homeless by ethnic violence

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced the completion of its emergency shelter programme in southern Kyrgyzstan, which provides temporary housing for over 13,400 people whose homes were damaged or destroyed during ethnic clashes in June.

Pakistan’s flood-affected people in need of more assistance – UN official

The United Nations humanitarian chief today visited the flood-ravaged area of Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh to review relief efforts among people still suffering from the effects of the deluge that cut a swathe across the country four months ago following torrential rainfall.

UN humanitarian chief begins second visit to flood-hit Pakistan

The United Nations humanitarian chief arrived today in Pakistan for her second visit to the South Asian nation since it was struck by one of the worst floods in history four months ago.

Myanmar transition should include those who did not take part in polls – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy on Myanmar today urged the Government to work out a broad-based political transition that includes those who did not participate in recent elections.