Asia Pacific

Singapore edict criminalizing same-sex relations ‘missed opportunity’ – UN rights office

The United Nations human rights office today expressed regret over a recent Singapore Supreme Court ruling to uphold a law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adult men, calling the directive a “missed opportunity” to strike down the law.

Asia-Pacific better poised to respond to disasters as experts agree on statistics standards

Marking a milestone towards better disaster risk management in Asia and the Pacific, a United Nations-backed group of experts agreed this week on core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics.

UN Asia-Pacific forum helps foster youth volunteerism to counter unemployment

The United Nations has helped set up a youth alliance committed to serving their communities through volunteerism in the Asia-Pacific region, where more than 80 million young people of working age are unemployed, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today.

UN expert urges General Assembly to refer DPR Korea rights report to International Criminal Court

A United Nations human rights expert called on the General Assembly today to refer a UN-mandated report documenting wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Kyrgyzstan: UN urges country to scrap draft law violating rights of LGBT people

The United Nations human rights office today called on the Kyrgyz Parliament to refrain from passing draft legislation that would discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people.

Cambodia: UN-backed report reveals scope of violence against children

Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18 while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, a new United Nations-backed survey has revealed, exploring the magnitude and nature of violence against children in the Southeast Asian country.

UNESCO chief denounces killing of Cambodian journalist, urges investigation

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of a Cambodian reporter shot while investigating illegal logging in the eastern part of the country.

Maldives: UN ‘deeply concerned’ as Supreme Court prosecutes rights advocates

The United Nations human rights office has voiced deep concern about a criminal case initiated by the Supreme Court of the Maldives against members of the country’s Human Rights Commission.

Bollywood star shines bright for UNICEF’s South Asia child nutrition campaign

Bollywood legend Aamir Khan has become the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) latest Ambassador to South Asia, the Organization announced today, adding that the award winning Indian actor, director, and producer would work to promote the right of the region’s children to nutrition, with a focus on ending stunting.

Amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan, UN’s Ban urges calm, dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today about the escalation of violence along the border dividing India and Pakistan, which has seen both countries exchange gun and mortar fire in recent days.