Asia Pacific

Myanmar: UN envoy discusses state of emergency with President

The United Nations envoy for Myanmar met today with the country’s president and discussed the state of emergency that has been declared in northern Rakhine state following the recent outbreak of violence.

UN mission strongly condemns attacks on Afghan civilians

The United Nations has strongly condemned yesterday’s attacks in four Afghan provinces which killed 40 civilians, including 10 children, and injured at least 67 others, and called for those responsible to be held accountable.

Top UN official calls on Pakistan to increase efforts to protect human rights

Pakistan must boost its efforts to protect the human rights of its citizens, a top United Nations official said today, calling on the Government to pass legislation on crucial issues such as torture, education and women’s rights.

Malaysia: UN experts call for protection of civil organizations seeking electoral reforms

United Nations independent experts today called on the Malaysian Government to protect the members of a group of civil society organizations campaigning for electoral process reform, who have been the target of harassment and intimidation.

Secretary-General calls on Maldives to resolve political crisis peacefully

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all the parties concerned in the Maldives to resolve the current political crisis peacefully and through a national process based on dialogue and consensus.

UNESCO chief voices alarm at rising number of journalists killed in Pakistan

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced alarm at the number of journalists being killed in Pakistan, and called on authorities to investigate the two most recent murders which occurred last month.