Asia Pacific

UN labour agency hears call to expand its activities in Myanmar

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi today called on the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) to expand its activities in Myanmar and help promote social justice in the Asian nation.

Afghanistan: UN urges greater civilian protection after bloodiest month

Last month was the most violent for civilians in Afghanistan in recent years as attacks by insurgents intensified, the United Nations mission in the country said today, reiterating its call for greater protection of civilians.

UN rights office cites continued lack of justice for victims of Kyrgyz violence

A year after ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan killed hundreds and displaced thousands, justice has not prevailed, and there is a lack of confidence in the rule of law, a United Nations human rights official said today.

Security Council extends mandate of DPR Korea sanctions panel

The Security Council today extended for a third term the mandate of the expert body dealing with United Nations sanctions imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for nuclear arms testing.

UN officials welcome Pakistan’s ratification of treaty on sexual exploitation of children

Two senior United Nations officials today welcomed Pakistan’s ratification of an international treaty that prohibits the sale of children and bans child prostitution and child pornography, making it mandatory for States to end the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.

UN rights group asks China to report on missing monks and stop ‘disappearances’

An independent United Nations human rights group today called on Chinese authorities to report on the fate of some 300 Tibetan monks who reportedly were arrested in April, and to investigate “the ongoing practice of enforced disappearances” in the Asian country.

UN committed to helping Myanmar on road to peace and democracy – Ban

Citing the array of challenges facing the newly installed Government in Myanmar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to remain engaged with the South-East Asian nation on its path to peace and democracy.

Tens of thousands of displaced Pakistanis return home with UN help

The United Nations refugee agency has helped 38,000 people displaced by fighting in Pakistan’s tribal areas return to their homes over the past two months.

Security Council team urges greater protection of children during Afghanistan visit

A Security Council delegation today reiterated its calls for better protection of children and other civilians in Afghanistan who are caught in conflict, as the United Nations body prepares to take tougher measures to boost security for schools and medical facilities in war zones.

UN rights expert highlights challenges to democracy in Cambodia

Significant challenges remain in the process towards full democratic governance in Cambodia, a United Nations independent human rights expert has said, while also recognizing the steps the country has taken towards democracy.