Asia Pacific

Upcoming by-elections are a 'crucial moment' for Myanmar, says UN expert

The upcoming by-elections in Myanmar will be a “crucial moment” in history for the country and a key test for the Government on the progress made implementing democratic reforms, a United Nations independent expert said today.

Over 100,000 people displaced by fighting in north-west Pakistan – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency reported today that more than 100,000 people have become displaced since January by Pakistani military operations against militant groups in the north-western part of the country that borders Afghanistan.

UN expert calls on India to fight impunity for extrajudicial executions

While commending India's generally high level of commitment to human rights, a United Nations expert today urged the Government to continue to fight impunity for extrajudicial executions, and communal and traditional killings.

UN expert warns of situation faced by Marshall Islands citizens affected by nuclear tests

A “durable solution” has yet to be found to the displacement of communities affected by nuclear testing more than sixty years ago in the Marshall Islands, a United Nations independent expert warned today.

Cambodia must provide full cooperation to new judges at genocide court, Ban stresses

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has decided to initiate a selection process for new international judges for the United Nations-backed Cambodia genocide tribunal, and stressed that the Government must provide full cooperation so they can carry out their duties.

UN envoy commends disaster preparedness initiatives in Bangladesh

The UN envoy responsible for disaster risk reduction today commended Bangladesh for issuing a policy directive requiring that risk assessment be integrated into all development projects, as the country expands its cyclone preparedness to include earthquake readiness.

UN police serving in Timor-Leste awarded national medal of merit

United Nations police serving in Timor-Leste were honoured this week with the country’s medal of merit for their efforts to assist the fledgling nation consolidate peace and security.

New mandate will strengthen engagement in Afghanistan – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy in Afghanistan said today that the recently renewed mandate of the world body’s mission in the country lends itself to stronger engagement with the Government and society at large to advance peace, development and a host of other goals.

At Seoul summit, Ban outlines steps to defuse global nuclear threat

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined five areas that deserve greater attention as the world community strives to ensure nuclear security, from curbing terrorism financing to stricter control over fissile materials.

UN atomic agency releases report of new Japan nuclear safety measures

The United Nations atomic energy agency today delivered its review of Japan’s revised nuclear safety assessment process a year after the country was shaken by one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.