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UN voices concern at reports of shooting of Rohingya boat people by Thai Navy

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern at reports that the Thai Navy shot dead at least two Rohingya asylum-seekers who fled northern Myanmar by boat.

International community must heed Pakistan's concerns over drones, says UN expert

The United States' ongoing drone campaign in Pakistan is a violation of the South Asian nation's sovereignty, as it is being conducted without the consent of its elected representatives or that of the legitimate Government, a United Nations independent expert has warned.

External aid essential for subsistence of millions in DPR Korea – UN official

The well-being of millions of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) still depends on external assistance, a United Nations humanitarian official said today, warning that without aid, their health and food security would be seriously compromised.

UN chief congratulates Xi Jinping on election as President of China

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Xi Jinping on his election as President of the People's Republic of China by the National People's Congress.

Cambodia: UN-backed genocide court terminates charges after death of accused

The trial chamber of the United Nations-backed court in Cambodia that is trying those accused of genocide and crimes against humanity today terminated the proceedings against former foreign minister Ieng Sary, who died this morning after being hospitalized since 4 March.

Myanmar: Ban encourages parties to reach ceasefire to end conflict in Kachin

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the outcome of the recent discussions in China between Myanmar’s peacemaking committee and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and their agreement to work toward a lasting ceasefire.

Nepal: Ban welcomes appointment of interim body to end political stalemate

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the appointment of an interim electoral council in Nepal, which he said could end the political stalemate that has stalled implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a civil war in 2007.

Independent UN expert warns of significant human rights shortcomings in Myanmar

Ongoing reforms in Myanmar are improving the human rights situation in the country, but a large gap still remains between these efforts and their implementation on the ground, a United Nations independent expert said today.

Rights abuses in DPR Korea may amount to crimes against humanity – UN expert

Many of the systematic patterns of human rights violations documented in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) may constitute crimes against humanity, an independent United Nations expert said today.

UN chief calls on DPR Korea to continue to abide by Korean War truce

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to continue to respect the terms of the 1953 Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War, amid the country’s reported claims that the pact is nullified.