Asia Pacific

Annan express serious concern at fate of Uzbek asylum seekers in Kyrgyzstan

Reacting to reports about the possible forced repatriation of Uzbek asylum seekers who fled the recent military crackdown in their country to take shelter in a rough camp in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to the Kyrgyz Government to abide by its international obligations in the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

UN mission in Afghanistan welcomes handing up of weapons by electoral candidates

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the news that several candidates are handing up their weapons so as to qualify under electoral law to run for seats in the lower house of the National Assembly, called the Wolesi Jirga, and in the provincial councils.

Indonesia: UN, Government plan green post-tsunami reconstruction

In the wake of the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami in the Indonesian province of Aceh, the United Nations environmental agency, along with the Indonesian environmental ministry, opened a three-day meeting today in an attempt to ensure that good environmental practices are integrated into reconstruction plans.

Consolidation of Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan accelerates – UN

The United Nations refugee agency and the Government of Pakistan are stepping up efforts to consolidate Afghan refugee camps in the country, announcing that two camps in Balochistan province will close in addition to those in the troubled tribal belt already scheduled for closure.

UN agencies rush food, other aid to flood-devastated region of Afghanistan

United Nations agencies are rushing emergency food and other aid to nearly 9,000 people in Afghanistan’s north-eastern province of Badakshan after a hailstorm and heavy flooding devastated the area, killing some 30 people, injuring 40 others and destroying more than 1,000 homes.

Sixty-year conflict ends with UN-brokered peace between two Afghan tribes

A conflict which has raged between neighbouring tribes in eastern Afghanistan for six decades, resulting in 60 deaths in the last year alone, has been resolved through the mediation of the United Nations mission in the country, a mission spokesman said today.

Sri Lanka: UNICEF chief visits school rebuilt in east

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) chief Ann Veneman has visited the children at a temporary school that the Fund built in eastern Sri Lanka, one of nearly 100 it constructed across the island after last December's tsunami disaster.

Tsunami damage greatest where environment was degraded – UN

Coastal areas where natural vegetation had been removed suffered the greatest damage from the Indian Ocean tsunami, according to two reports released today by the United Nations environmental agency on the environmental impact of the December 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and the Maldives respectively.

Free all political prisoners in Myanmar, UN rights expert urges

The United Nations official dedicated to human rights issues in Myanmar today called on the military Government of that country to clarify its political intentions and to release all political prisoners, including opposition leader and Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who recently celebrated her sixtieth birthday under house arrest.

Sri Lanka: UN agricultural agency repairs over 3,400 tsunami-damaged boats

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says it has repaired over 3,400 fishing boats damaged by December's devastating tsunami in Sri Lanka, allowing nearly 12,000 fishermen to resume their livelihoods.