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Greater local-level autonomy in Viet Nam would be ‘litmus test’ for religious freedom – UN expert

During his recent visit to Viet Nam, the United Nations independent expert on religious freedom, Heiner Bielefeldt, stressed the need for religious communities in the country to be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice.

UN envoy welcomes criteria for invalidation, recount in Afghan audit process

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has welcomed the decision to adopt criteria for the invalidation and recount of ballots as part of the ongoing audit over the results of the presidential run-off poll.

Myanmar: UN rights expert warns against backtracking on free expression, association

On the heels of a ten-day visit to Myanmar, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country has urged authorities to avoid any backtracking that could threaten the achievements of the past few years.

Deploring attack on Afghan civilians, UN mission calls for prompt investigation

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan strongly condemned the killing on Friday of civilians in the western province of Ghor, and called for a prompt investigation into the crime.

Amid audit delay, UN in Afghanistan proposes criteria for ordering recounts

As the audit of the Afghan presidential election resumed today, the United Nations proposed a set of criteria to the country’s main electoral body for separating valid votes from fraudulent ballots cast in the June presidential run-off.

Afghanistan to resume election audit on Thursday, UN confirms

The physical audit of the votes cast in Afghanistan’s run-off presidential election is due to resume tomorrow, the United Nations today confirmed after a meeting with Afghan electoral commission officials.

UN rights expert praises Cambodia’s political agreement, urges promised reforms

The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today welcomed the agreement reached between the two main political parties in the country, which was followed by the release of the opposition party members arrested last week.

At conference, UNAIDS chief calls for end to 'hypocrisy' in fighting HIV/AIDS

The head of the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS today urged world leaders at an international conference in Australia to end the hypocrisy on sex and make treatment and reproductive health education universally available.

UN rights office urges probe into clashes between security forces, protesters in Cambodia

The United Nations today said it is deeply concerned about the clashes that erupted earlier this week in the Cambodian capital between security forces and opposition supporters, during which dozens of people were injured, and urged an investigation into the violence.

Ban, Security Council condemn recent DPR Korea missile launches

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the members of the Security Council have deplored the continued missile launches conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).