Asia Pacific

UN chief welcomes report into Maldives’ transfer of power, urges parties to accept findings

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the release of the report today by the Maldives’ Commission of National Inquiry (CoNI) that has looked into the facts, circumstances and causes of the 7 February transfer of power in the island nation, according to a UN spokesperson.

Reported beheadings prompt UN call for greater protection of Afghan civilians

The United Nations strongly condemned today the “gruesome” murder of 17 Afghan civilians, some of whom were reportedly beheaded, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

UN employees sentenced by Myanmar court for Rakhine violence

Two United Nations employees have been sentenced by a Myanmar court in connection with the violent unrest that recently gripped the country’s Rakhine state in June, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.

Re-opening of offshore detention camps in Australia could lead to rights violations – UN

A senior United Nations official today warned that the re-opening of offshore detention centres for migrants and asylum-seekers arriving in Australia by sea could result in violations of human rights, and called on its Government to rethink the country’s asylum and migration policy.

Noting terrorist group threats, Security Council condemns attacks in Afghanistan

Reaffirming that terrorists and armed groups still pose a threat to Afghanistan, the Security Council today condemned, in the strongest terms, coordinated terrorist attacks across the Central Asian country on 14 and 15 August, which caused numerous deaths and injuries, mostly to civilians.

Myanmar: Ban welcomes commission probing violence in Rakhine state

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes today’s establishment, by President Thein Sein of Myanmar, of a 27-member Commission to investigate the recent violence in the country’s state of Rakhine, according to his spokesperson.

Investing in education crucial for Timor-Leste’s development – Ban

Education is a crucial component of efforts to advance development in Timor-Leste, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he continued his visit to the Southeast Asian nation today, stressing that it is essential to step up initiatives to give access to quality schooling to all children.

Secretary-General condemns deadly attack on Shia Muslims in north-western Pakistan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemns a deadly attack in north-western Pakistan today, which reportedly left more than 20 people dead, according to his spokesperson.

Ban praises Timor-Leste’s progress and consolidation of its security sector

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the people of Timor-Leste for the progress they have made ten years after the country’s restoration of independence, commending the Government for consolidating a security sector that will be able to protect the country as the United Nations peacekeeping mission prepares to leave at the end of the year.

Myanmar: UN envoy welcomes mission to area affected by ethnic violence

The recent mission of the Turkish Foreign Minister and senior officials of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to Myanmar’s state of Rakhine – which recently experienced deadly ethnic clashes that displaced thousands of people – was welcomed today by the top United Nations envoy to the Southeast Asian country.