Asia Pacific

Myanmar: UN official concerned over rights violations in Rakhine state

A United Nations senior official today expressed serious concern about reports of human rights violations committed by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, after clashes between its Buddhist and Muslim communities reportedly killed at least 78 people and displaced thousands last month.

UN envoy reaffirms commitment to assist Myanmar in reconciliation efforts

The United Nations top envoy for Myanmar today reiterated his commitment to assist the country in its national reconciliation and reform efforts, in the wake of the deadly violence which took place in the state of Rakhine last month.

Kiribati must urgently address rights to safe water, sanitation – UN expert

An independent United Nations expert has called on the Government of Kiribati to urgently address the human rights to safe water and sanitation, which could help to tackle the high child mortality rate in the Pacific island nation.

UN-backed anti-measles campaign reaches over 5 million Afghan children

A United Nations-supported government campaign to eradicate measles and polio has vaccinated over 5.6 million children in Afghanistan over the past two weeks, and organizers are stressing the need for more funds to complete the effort next month.

Pakistan: UN condemns killing of humanitarian worker

The United Nations condemned the killing of a local community worker in Pakistan on Friday who was part of a polio eradication initiative.

UN concerned over request to promote Nepalese military officer implicated in rights abuses

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern over a reported request by the Nepalese Army to the Government to promote a senior military officer, Colonel Raju Basnet, implicated in serious crimes and human rights abuses.

UN rights expert urges international community to not turn its back on Tuvalu

A United Nations independent expert today called on the international community to not turn its back on the small island State of Tuvalu, where communities are being seriously affected by climate change.

Russia’s new laws could have serious negative impacts on human rights – UN official

A series of new legislative amendments in Russia could have a “seriously negative” impact on human rights in the country, a top United Nations official said today, and urged the Government to ensure that the new laws are in line with international standards.

UNESCO chief calls for investigation into murder of Bangladeshi journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the murder of a Bangladeshi journalist, Jamal Uddin, last month.

Secretary-General praises China’s efforts to achieve sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised China’s efforts to implement initiatives that will lead to sustainable development, as well as its participation at the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), adding that countries still need to do much more to achieve all their economic, environmental and social goals in the next 20 years.