Asia Pacific

UN experts alarmed by reprisals against Chinese human rights activists

United Nations independent experts today voiced serious concern over reports that Chinese activists have been intimidated and prevented from taking part in a major assessment of the human rights situation in the country.

Philippines: UN agencies arriving to assist with post-quake relief effort

United Nations humanitarian agencies are arriving in the central Philippine island of Bohol to assist the Government with the response to a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck yesterday and which has so far affected more than 3 million people.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns attack on mosque that killed government official

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today strongly condemned an attack on a mosque, which killed the governor of the Logar Province, Arsala Jamal.

Not enough done to reintegrate victims of human trafficking, UN-backed report warns

Although human trafficking is recognized as modern-day slavery, many victims of the scourge in the Greater Mekong Sub-region of South-East Asia are not given adequate help for reintegration into their communities, according to a United Nations-backed report released today.

Ban calls for enhanced partnership with Southeast Asian bloc to promote peace, development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for enhanced partnership between the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as the two bodies work together for peace, human rights and sustainable development across the region.

Ahead of 2014 draw down, Security Council extends assistance force in Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council today extended the authorization of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) until the end of 2014, when it is expected that the force will draw down and the Government of Afghanistan will assume full responsibility for security throughout the country.

Latest Bangladesh factory fire underscores need to do more to improve safety, says UN

The United Nations labour agency said it was deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh, adding that the incident highlights the need to do more to address the safety of workers.

UN health agency approves new encephalitis vaccine to protect children in developing countries

The United Nations health agency has approved a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE), stressing that access to the vaccine will help save the lives of children in developing countries.

Political prisoners in Myanmar must be released without conditions, UN expert stresses

An independent United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the latest release of political prisoners in Myanmar, while also voicing concern over ongoing arrests of activists and conditions attached to arrests.

Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state must end for sake of children – UNICEF

Citing the negative impact of the inter-communal clashes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on children in the region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today urged all parties to put an end to the violence.