Asia Pacific

Security Council strengthens measures against DPRK’s nuclear, ballistic missile activities

Strongly condemning the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 9 September, the Security Council today unanimously adopted measures that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described as “the toughest and most comprehensive sanctions regime ever” against that country.

Myanmar: UN rights chief warns of ‘spiral of violence’ in Rakhine state

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed alarm over reports of serious rights violations in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state that cite allegations of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and sexual violence, and a renewed spike in hate speech – including on social media.

‘Massive efforts’ under way in flood-hit northern DPRK require additional support – UN

While nearly 12,000 families in northern Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) have moved into new houses three months after devastating Typhoon Lionrock destroyed their homes, the United Nations is reporting that this “massive effort” still needs additional support so damaged water networks can be repaired and essential medicines and nutritious foods can be provided.

DPR Korea: With victims’ suffering ‘enormous,’ urgent solution needed –UN rights expert

Wrapping up a 10-day visit to Northeast Asia, a United Nations human rights expert today called for a multi-faceted and people-centred approach to improve the “extremely complex” situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Ban 'deeply concerned' about deteriorating situation along 'Line of Control' in Kashmir

“Deeply concerned” about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.

Cambodia: UN-backed court upholds life sentences for former Khmer Rouge leaders

The United Nations-backed court set up to bring to trial those most responsible for crimes committed during Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime today upheld life sentences for two top former Khmer Rouge leaders on Wednesday for crimes against humanity.

Afghanistan: UN condemns killing of civilians in Kabul mosque attack

Senior United Nations officials have condemned today's attack at a mosque in Kabul that reportedly killed at least 32 civilians and injured more than 50 others, many of them children.

Myanmar: UN urges aid access, warns of rights violations after 'lockdown' in northern Rakhine state

Deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of civilians in the northern part of Rakhine state in Myanmar, United Nations entities today urged the country's authorities to take immediate actions to address humanitarian and human rights situations.

Security Council extends the mandate of joint UN-OPCW body on chemical weapons in Syria

The Security Council has extended, for an additional year, the mandate of the United Nations-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Investigative Mechanism, the body tasked with identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian conflict.

Australia’s human rights record tainted by ‘regressive’ migration policies – UN expert

Concluding his first official visit to Australia, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said the country’s human rights standing has been tarnished by its “regressive” migration policies that fall “way behind” international standards.