Asia Pacific

UN adviser calls for taking ‘leap of faith’ to ensure peaceful, unified Myanmar

The United Nations Special Adviser for Myanmar today wrapped up a visit to the country during which he visited Rakhine state to see first-hand the progress made to provide aid to local communities, as well as actions being taken to address underlying causes of recent violence.

Afghanistan: UN urges campaigns to cooperate with election audit process

With two-thirds of the ballot boxes from the audit of the Presidential run-off election now processed, the United Nations in Afghanistan today urged the two campaigns of Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani to cooperate fully with electoral authorities to bring the audit to completion at the earliest time.

Over 20,000 people risked their lives in Indian Ocean sea crossings this year – UN report

Over 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the Indian Ocean in the first half of this year, many of them Rohingya who fled Myanmar, according to a new report released today by the United Nations refugee agency.

UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said.

Afghanistan: UN mission concerned over acts of intimidation against journalist

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today expressed its concern about the acts of intimidation against New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, who yesterday was banned from leaving the country and told that he was being investigated for an article he had written.

Thai law on defaming monarchy has ‘chilling effect’ on free expression – UN rights office

The United Nations rights office today expressed serious concern over the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country’s so called lèse majesté law and its “chilling effects” on freedom of expression.

Improvements in Afghan audit will enhance integrity – UN

The United Nations in Afghanistan has welcomed several refinements made this week to that country's ongoing audit over the results of the presidential run-off poll, saying the improvements will strengthen the “integrity of the process”.

In China, Ban urges young people to drive global action, promote UN ideals

At a special event on the occasion of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged young people everywhere to get involved and engaged in driving global action at this critical time in history.

UN rights experts urge halt to Sri Lanka's deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers

United Nations human rights experts today expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years.

UN Refugee Agency alarmed as Sri Lanka deports families seeking asylum

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed alarm that recent deportations of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka back to Pakistan were growing in size and scope despite international calls to stop sending them back to a place where their lives could be in danger.