Asia Pacific

In the face of growing insecurity, Afghanistan still needs support, Security Council told

It is absolutely clear that Afghanistan continues to need the support of the international community, as well as the sustained attention of the Security Council, Nicholas Haysom, the head of the UN mission in the country said today, warning the Security Council that there is no room for “complacency.”

Nepal: in earthquakes' wake, UNICEF speeds up response to prevent child trafficking

At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children's care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

Maldives court decision undermines human rights protections in country, warns senior UN official

The United Nations human rights chief has voiced concern over a judgement issued by the Maldives Supreme Court in which the country’s human rights processes appear to be severely challenged.

Thailand confirms first MERS case as outbreak spreads – UN health agency

Thailand has confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, in a male traveller from Oman, and the World Health Organization (WHO) today is urging countries in Southeast Asia to step up vigilance and review preparedness to respond to the disease.

Only ‘limited window to act’ to assist farmers in Nepal recovering from earthquakes – UN agency

With only 13 per cent of a United Nations emergency agricultural appeal met by donors, Nepal’s farmers trying to recover from this year’s twin earthquakes will not be able to plant rice seeds before the start of the monsoon rains expected in the coming days and replenish livestock, fertilizers, and tools lost in the disaster, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Azerbaijan: UN rights office urges Government to ensure free expression and association

Voicing concern over “a shrinking democratic space” in Azerbaijan as human rights defenders, journalists and Government critics are increasingly being deprived of their liberty, the United Nations rights office today called on the authorities to galvanize efforts to safeguard the freedoms of expression and association in the country.

In Turkmenistan, UN chief says future peace, development hinge on human rights

All efforts for sustainable development and a stable future must involve a deep respect for human rights and the strengthening of rule of law, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he concluded his five-day tour of Central Asia with a visit to Turkmenistan.

Hundreds of thousands in need of critical aid in Myanmar, warns UN humanitarian arm

Nearly half a million people continue to require humanitarian assistance three years after inter-communal violence raked Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, the United Nations relief arm reported today.

Welcoming progress towards MDGs, Ban encourages Uzbekistan to promote human rights

Continuing his visit to Central Asia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed Uzbekistan for the solid progress it achieved towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, in reducing poverty and maternal mortality, ensuring universal access to primary education, while recalling that there can be no peace and development without human rights.

UN rights chief urges Pakistan Government to reintroduce death penalty moratorium

The top United Nations human rights official has urged the Government of Pakistan to reinstate its moratorium on the death penalty amid a sharp uptick in the number of executions in the country, the Organization’s human rights office reported today.