Asia Pacific

UN court rules against Japan’s whaling activities in the Antarctic

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled against Japan in a case involving charges by Australia that the country was using a scientific research programme to mask a commercial whaling venture in the Antarctic.

In wake of attacks, Ban urges Myanmar to ensure safety of humanitarian workers, property

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Government of Myanmar to ensure the safety and security of all staff members and their property in the wake of recent attacks against the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Rakhine state.

UN Mission condemns attack on headquarters of Afghan electoral commission

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned today's attack on the Kabul headquarters of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), the second attack on an Afghan election facility in the past four days, with presidential and provincial council polls just a week away.

Myanmar: UN official calls on authorities to ensure safety of aid workers, premises

Voicing concern about attacks this week on United Nations and non-governmental organization premises in Sittwe in Myanmar’s Rakhine state by unidentified groups of demonstrators, a senior UN official called on authorities to ensure the safety of aid workers there.

In Kabul, UN peacekeeping chief voices solidarity with Afghans ahead of crucial polls

The United Nations peacekeeping chief today expressed his solidarity with the Afghan people on the eve of next week’s elections and reaffirmed the world body’s support for the country through the polls and beyond.

UN rights council approves inquiry into alleged abuses in Sri Lanka war

The United Nations Human Rights Council today voted to open an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed by both the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the final stages of a decades-long conflict that ended in 2009.

On path to global eradication, UN health agency certifies 11 Asian nations free of polio

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today certified as polio-free 11 countries in Asia that together are home to a quarter of the global population.

Ban increasingly concerned about reported missile launches by DPR Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is increasingly concerned about the successive reports of new launches of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to his spokesperson.

UN human rights experts denounce land-grabbing case in Viet Nam

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today called on the Vietnamese Government to “intervene urgently” in a case of forced eviction of the last remaining residents of Con Dau, a small village located on the outskirts of Da Nang city in the centre of the country.

UN human rights chief presses for investigation into alleged abuses in Sri Lanka war

Stressing the need to ensure justice and accountability, the United Nations human rights chief today called for the establishment of an independent and credible investigation into alleged violations committed in 2009 during the final phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka.