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Kyrgyzstan: Uzbek refugees fly out, but UN concerned for detainees left behind

More than 400 Uzbek refugees who fled violence in their homeland two months ago were flown to Romania from Kyrgyzstan today, but the United Nations refugee agency is still negotiating with Kyrgyz authorities over the fate of another 15 amid fears they could be returned to Uzbekistan where they could face torture.

FAO, Italian cooperation launch redevelopment effort in tsunami-hit Sri Lanka

In another United Nations-supported tsunami rehabilitation effort, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Italian Cooperation organization have concluded today a workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, designed to put the mechanisms in place for the development of ravaged coastal fishing communities.

UNHCR to access condition of Montagnards returning from Cambodia

A United Nations refugee agency representative is scheduled to visit Viet Nam’s Central Highlands early next week to assess the condition of Montagnard tribesmen who returned home after they fled to Cambodia following a Government crackdown on protests against land confiscation and religious persecution last year.

Sanctions against Al-Qaida, Taliban strengthened by Security Council

Renewing for another 17 months its global sanctions regime against Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden and the Taliban, the United Nations Security Council today expanded the list of persons or splinter groups associated with terrorist networks.

Afghanistan: UN-backed anti-drug task force starts up operations

The United Nations-backed special counter-narcotics Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF), created to fast-track major drug cases within Afghanistan, officially began operations today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said.

UN agencies to assist Thailand with tsunami recovery planning

As part of continuing efforts to help affected countries recover from the devastating effects of last year's Indian Ocean tsunami, two United Nations agencies have signed an agreement to help local government in Thailand with the rehabilitation planning for the areas hit by the killer wave last December.

Annan calls on Kyrgyzstan not to repatriate Uzbek asylum-seekers

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the authorities of Kyrgyzstan to facilitate the evacuation of Uzbek refugees and asylum-seekers, following reports that a number of them were being prevented from leaving a detention centre.

UN steps up efforts to help Indonesian fish farming recover from tsunami

Pushing ahead with its efforts to help Indian Ocean countries recover from the devastating effects of last December's tsunami, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has held a three-day workshop aimed at rehabilitating the fishing farm industry in Indonesia.

Timor-Leste: UN mandated Commission calls on Indonesia to review prosecutions

The Commission of Experts that reviewed the prosecution of serious crimes in Timor-Leste in 1999 has recommended that Indonesia strengthen its legal capacity, that its Attorney General’s Office review its prosecutions and that some cases be reopened as may be appropriate.

Assembly's vision of the Indian Ocean as 'zone of peace' still valid – Ad hoc panel

Even though the Cold War geo-political divide had faded, new threats such as terrorism now affect the stability and security of Indian Ocean countries, obliging all States to cooperate in implementing a 35-year-old United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for an end to military build-up in the region, the chairman of UN ad hoc panel has urged.