Asia Pacific

Kyrgyzstan: UN rights experts urge Parliament to withdraw anti-gay bill

A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill that would introduce criminal and administrative sanctions for acts aimed at forming “a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual orientation,” warning that the proposed law would go against the country’s human rights obligations and commitments.

Timor-Leste: UN expert warns dismissal of judicial officials may have ‘chilling effect’

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, today warned that the audit of the justice sector and the dismissal of all international judicial personnel from Timor-Leste puts at risk the independence of the judiciary in the country.

Afghanistan: UN strongly condemns suicide bombing at volleyball match

A brutal terrorist attack which killed at least 50 civilians in Afghanistan over the weekend is an “atrocity” and may amount to a war crime, the top United Nations envoy to the country declared today as he condemned the indiscriminate suicide bombing in “the strongest terms.”

UN warns Pacific islands of extreme weather risks during upcoming wet season

Extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for island states' industry and infrastructure, warns a new advisory note from the United Nations, encouraging the establishment of a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

UN agency chief reports on Iran, DPR Korea nuclear files, measures to curb climate change

The safe and limited use of nuclear energy can help reduce the impact global energy demand is having on our planet’s volatile climate, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said today as he launched his agency’s latest report on the issue and discussed the nuclear programmes of Iran and the Democratic republic of Korea (DPRK).

UN Asia-Pacific forum opens meeting to advance gender equality

More than 700 representatives from governments, inter-governmental organizations, UN bodies and civil society in Asia and the Pacific began meeting today to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment with the keynote speaker highlighting the urgency of eliminating violence against women and girls.

Cambodia: UN expert voices concern over judicial independence amid ‘arbitrary’ arrests

The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today urged the Southeast Asian country’s Government to respect the independence of its judiciary after a recent series of arrests and immediate convictions of land activists and opposition party members.

UN welcomes Malaysia’s court ruling to decriminalizes transgender women

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today welcomed the recent judgment by the Court of Appeal of Malaysia that declared unconstitutional the criminalization of Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing.

Afghanistan: UN expert calls for sustainable measures to address violence against women

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called on the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of gender-based violence in the country.

World will benefit greatly from more future-oriented, integrated Asia – Ban

Asia – and indeed the world – will benefit greatly from a future-oriented Asian region that is ever more integrated, engaged and assuming greater responsibilities commensurate with its clout, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, addressing a regional summit in Myanmar.