Asia Pacific

Nepal: UN official concerned at new attempt to grant amnesties for human rights abuses

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today voiced grave concern at a bill presented to the Nepalese Parliament which could lead to amnesties for serious human rights violations, saying it would weaken the foundation for a genuine peace in the country.

UN mission welcomes release of partial results in presidential poll, urges patience

Welcoming today's announcement of the first batch of results in Afghanistan's Presidential elections as a further step towards completing the electoral process, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) has noted that these results represent only a small proportion of the millions of ballots cast in the poll.

Execution of Mexican national by US authorities regrettable, says UN rights office

The United Nations human rights office today voiced deep regret at the execution of Mexican national Ramiro Hernandez Llanas in Texas on Wednesday, noting that the United States is in breach of international law since Mr. Llanas was not allowed access to consular services.

UN concerned at broad application of death penalty in Brunei’s revised penal code

The United Nations human rights office today voiced deep concern about the revised penal code in Brunei Darussalam which stipulates the death penalty for numerous offences, including robbery, adultery, and insult or defamation of the Prophet Mohammed, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature.

Myanmar: UN welcomes establishment of probe into recent attacks on aid workers

The top United Nations official in Myanmar welcomed the Government’s condemnation of the recent attacks against UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) premises in Sittwe, and its commitment to see perpetrators brought to justice through a newly established investigation commission.

Ban deplores recent deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned today the two recent deadly bomb blasts in Pakistan, in the capital Islamabad and in the Baluchistan province.

High rate of Māori in prison among concerns as UN experts wrap up New Zealand visit

A United Nations human rights panel has voiced concerns about issues related to the deprivation of liberty in New Zealand, including the “disproportionate incarceration rates” of the Māori population, despite legal safeguards against arbitrary detention.

UN mission strongly condemns deadly attack in southern Afghanistan

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned an attack in the southern province of Kandahar which killed 15 civilians and injured another five.

Cambodia: UN expert concerned over curbs affecting human rights, democratic processes

The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, expressed concern today that the country’s National Assembly held its second session last week without the opposition representatives taking up their seat, and urged the legislature to upkeep the key principles of any law-making process: transparency, accountability and participation.

Philippines’ debt must be cancelled to support typhoon recovery effort – UN expert

Voicing concern that the Philippines’ post-typhoon reconstruction and recovery efforts could be undermined by its heavy debt load, a United Nations independent human rights expert today issued a strong call on international creditors to cancel the country’s debt and to provide unrestricted grant aid instead of new loans.