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Myanmar’s new Government must tackle continuing rights abuses – UN expert

Despite positive actions by Myanmar’s new Government, such as easing media restrictions and proposed bills on political parties and demonstrations, many serious human rights issues remain, a United Nations expert said today, calling for the speedy release of all political prisoners.

UN expert calls for two-pronged approach to end food crisis in DPR Korea

A United Nations expert today called for a two-pronged approach to tackle the food crisis in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), urging the international community to step up its efforts to provide aid to the country and the Government to overcome its flaws in its food distribution system.

UN underscores readiness to assist South-East Asian countries hit by floods

The United Nations today voiced deep concern over the devastating floods in Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam and offered to assist the affected countries to respond to the disaster that has claimed hundreds of lives and caused heavy damage to property and infrastructure.

Timor-Leste and UN step up efforts to dispose of unexploded ordnance

Timor-Leste and the United Nations are stepping up their efforts to uncover unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the small South-East Asian country and strengthen its capabilities to dispose of these deadly objects.

Senior UN official arrives in DPR Korea to assess food crisis

The United Nations humanitarian chief arrived today in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assess the extent of the country’s food crisis.

UN relief chief voices concern over flood disaster in South-East Asia

The United Nations humanitarian chief has voiced great concern over the rising impact of storms and flooding on millions of people across South-East Asia, saying the situation is expected to worsen, with river levels still rising and heavy rainfall forecast.

UN agency ramps up food assistance to flood-affected Pakistanis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is continuing to scale up the delivery of vital assistance to the worst-affected areas of Pakistan’s Sindh province as part of its efforts to assist the country’s 2.5 million flood victims.

Cambodian draft law on NGOs may breach international pact, UN rights expert warns

A Cambodian draft law making registration of associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) mandatory and banning unregistered groups, risks breaching an international treaty, a United Nations rights expert warned today, calling on the Government to review it.

UN agencies on standby to aid South-East Asian flood victims

United Nations agencies are on standby to deliver aid in South-East Asia where over 600 people have died and more than eight million others are affected by flooding and typhoons, with the situation expected to worsen amid more rains, high tides and river run-off over the weekend.

UN legal chief to discuss concerns about genocide court during Cambodia visit

The United Nations Legal Counsel will travel to Phnom Penh next week for meetings concerning the Cambodia genocide tribunal in the wake of the resignation of one of the judges.