Asia Pacific

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Bangladeshi journalist

Voicing grave concern over an increase in attacks on journalists in Bangladesh, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the recent assassination of Golam Mahfuz, editor of a daily newspaper in that country.

UN welcomes relocation of Uzbek refugees from border camp

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the relocation of Uzbek asylum-seekers further into the interior of Kyrgyzstan and away from a border camp in which they had been living since violence erupted in the Uzbek town of Andijan last month.

UN-backed Global Fund commends Australia's plan to boost spending on HIV/AIDS

A Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases initiated by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed Australia's plan to allocate a further $A50 million (approximately $US38.2 million) to the fund over three years.

Secretary-General welcomes humane treatment of ethnic minorities in Laos

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the humane treatment extended by the Lao Government to the ethnic minorities who emerged from remote areas over the weekend, and he stressed the readiness of the United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance to such groups at the Government's request.

Kyrgyzstan: Government pledges not to deport UN-assisted asylum-seekers

Despite rumours of forced repatriation, the government of Kyrgyzstan has reassured the United Nations refugee agency that it would meet its international obligations to shelter refugees who fled the violence in neighbouring Uzbekistan.

Annan condemns ‘senseless deaths’ in Nepal blast

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the “senseless deaths” of dozens of people in the explosion that tore through a passenger bus in southern Nepal, and called for an immediate end to “such utterly reprehensible tactics” that expose civilians to danger in the conflict there.

Afghanistan: UN Mission condemns violence against election workers

With parliamentary, provincial and district elections in Afghanistan just months away, the United Nations mission in the country has condemned any type of violence aimed at derailing the electoral process.

Experienced Japanese diplomat to head UN political office in Timor-Leste

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named a veteran Japanese diplomat to head up the newly established UN political office in Timor-Leste.

UN halts mine clearance in southern Afghanistan after deadly attack

The United Nations has temporarily suspended the clearing of landmines in southern Afghanistan today after two local deminers were killed and five others wounded by a roadside bomb.

Afghanistan: Annan, UN Mission ‘outraged’ by deadly attack on Kandahar mosque

Secretary-General Kofi Annan joined with the United Nations mission in Afghanistan to express shock and outrage following today’s suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Kandahar during a memorial service for a slain Islamic cleric.