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UN food relief now reaching more than 400,000 flood victims in Myanmar

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is now delivering rice, beans, cooking oil and salt to more than 400,000 people affected by flooding in Myanmar and “reachable only on foot, after floods and landslides destroyed roads across the country,” the agency said today.

Concerned by ongoing political violence in Nepal, UN rights office urges peaceful resolution to crisis

Voicing concern over continuing political violence and killing of protestors in Nepal, the United Nations human rights office today called on the authorities to respect dissenting voices and seek a peaceful solution with demonstrators.

UN human rights chief urges Maldives to consider release of imprisoned former President

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed deep concern that Government of the Maldives after former President Mohammad Nasheed was once again sent to prison, calling the move a “serious set-back” for the country.

Ban welcomes agreement to resume regular inter-Korean dialogue, hopes for talks on nuclear issue

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the news of the agreement reached between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today.

Ban encourages parties to 'pave way' for deescalating situation on Korean Peninsula

Welcoming a high-level meeting between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which was held yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged both sides to pave the way for deescalating the situation and promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

UN mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly suicide attack in Kabul

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned “in the strongest terms” yesterday's suicide attack in Kabul that killed 12 and injured at least 88 others, including 13 children and 21 women.

UN rights experts condemn latest prison sentencing of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

Condemning the recent prison sentencing of two prominent Azerbaijani human rights defenders, United Nations human rights experts today expressed concern about the activists’ health during their pre-trial detention and called on the Government to immediately halt any persecution against human rights advocates.

Following Tianjin explosion, UN expert calls on China to ensure transparent investigation

The Government of China and relevant businesses in the country should ensure complete transparency in the investigation of the chemical disaster in Tianjin, including both causes and effects of the explosion, says an independent United Nations human rights expert.

Concerned by violence along India and Pakistan ‘line of control,’ Ban urges countries to resume dialogue

United Nations Secretary-General today expressed serious concern about the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan, which reportedly resulted in a number of casualties on both sides, including civilians.

UN chief welcomes peaceful parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka

Applauding the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in yesterday’s parliamentary elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged the new Government to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation.