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UN chief condemns latest violence in Pakistan, calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice

Appalled by the “escalating terrorist violence” in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken out on the matter, calling for those responsible to be held accountable, according to his spokesperson.

UN independent expert concerned over reports of intimidation of judges in Sri Lanka

Intimidation and attacks against judges and judicial officers in Sri Lanka are increasing in what may constitute a threat to the independence of the justice system in the Asian country, a United Nations independent expert warned today.

UN peacekeeping mission ends operations as Timor-Leste continues on path to ‘brighter’ future

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste today ended its operations, in line with the expiration of its mandate and amidst significant progress made in establishing peace and security in the country.

UN human rights chief calls for profound change in India in wake of gang-rape tragedy

Expressing deep sadness at the death of a 23-year-old woman whose gang-rape in India has sparked nationwide protests there, the top United Nations human rights official today called for “urgent and rational debate” aimed at ending violence against women in the country.

Ban offers condolences over death of Delhi student, urges reforms to deter violence against women

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses “deep sorrow” over the death of a young Indian woman who was gang-raped in a bus in the city of New Delhi earlier this month, according to his spokesperson.

Secretary-General condemns deadly attack at political rally in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned the suicide bombing in north-western Pakistan that killed 10 people, including prominent politician Bashir Bilour, and wounded 17 others.

Laos: UN urges Government to ensure safe return of missing human rights defender

The United Nations today urged the Government of Laos to do everything possible to ensure that a prominent human rights defender who went missing a week ago is found safe and unharmed.

On Myanmar visit, UN envoy meets civilians uprooted by Rakhine violence

A United Nations envoy, Vijay Nambiar, has wrapped up a visit to Myanmar during which he was able to meet with people displaced by the inter-communal violence this year in Rakhine state, as well as discuss with the Government how to address the problems facing the communities there.

Timor-Leste: Security Council commends country’s progress towards democracy

As the United Nations winds down its peacekeeping operation in Timor-Leste, the Security Council today applauded the “remarkable achievements” made by the small south-east Asian country as it transitioned over the past decade from a colonial enclave to an independent and democratic State.

At Security Council, UN envoy flags risk of development gains slipping in Afghanistan

Poorly functioning government systems in Afghanistan mean that development gains are at risk of slipping amid the mounting international troop drawdown, the top United Nations official in the country said today.