Asia Pacific

Six million children immunized against measles in DPR Korea in UN-backed campaign

Six million children in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) aged six months to 15 years have been immunized in the first phase of a United Nations-backed emergency campaign targeting more than 16 million of the country’s 22 million people following a recent outbreak of the sometimes deadly disease.

UN refugee agency protests over forced return of Chinese asylum seekers from Russia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has protested over the forced return of a Chinese asylum seeker and her eight-year-old daughter from Russia although they had both been registered by the agency as persons in need of international protection.

Number of Afghan patients treated for TB doubled since 2001: UN health agency

The number of patients being treated for tuberculosis in Afghanistan has more than doubled since 2001, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today, saying this could be the result of a dramatic improvement in the detection of cases.

Concerned at food shortfall in DPR Korea, UN agency seeks to increase aid

Facing a huge shortfall in the $102 million it has already sought to feed up to 1.9 million especially vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for an immediate increase in funding from donor nations just to avert a further deterioration of the situation.

Indonesia, UN reach accord on bird flu virus samples and vaccine access

Indonesia will immediately resume supplying the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) with viruses from its bird flu outbreak, a vital tool in tracking possible mutations into a deadly human pandemic and producing vaccines, while the agency will seek to ensure access for developing countries to any such commercially developed vaccines.

Myanmar: UN human rights expert calls for release of prize-winning journalist and poet

The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar appealed to the Government to release the distinguished poet and journalist U Win Tin who is the country’s longest serving political prisoner, having been jailed for nearly 18 years and all other political prisoners.

UN agency concerned at lack of access to thousands of Afghans displaced by conflict

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern at the recent displacement of Afghans due to the ongoing conflict in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, where nearly 5,000 families have been driven from their homes.

Sri Lanka: Ban Ki-moon says parties must end escalating cycle of violence

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against escalating violations of the 2002 ceasefire between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and called for them to return to the negotiating table.

20,000 Afghan flood victims receive food and other emergency aid from UN agencies

United Nations agencies are stepping up relief efforts for flood victims across Afghanistan, with assistance already on its way to nearly 4,000 families, or some 20,000 people.

UN refugee agency hails release of babies from Malaysian detention

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed Malaysia’s release from detention of six babies from Myanmar who had been arrested with their relatives and held for up to four weeks for not having valid immigration documents.