Asia Pacific

Thousands of stateless people granted nationality in Thailand – UN refugee agency

Welcoming Thailand’s announcement that it has granted nationality to more than 18,000 stateless people in the past several years, the United Nations refugee agency today hailed the move as a further step in accelerating the global campaign to end stateless by 2024.

Palau becomes first Pacific nation to join global pact to curb illicit fishing to protect biodiversity

Taking a massive step towards ocean conservation, the island nation of Palau is the latest in a growing number of countries- and the first Pacific island state- to ratify an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, which is estimated to deprive the global economy of up to $23 billion each year and endanger biodiversity and food security in many countries, said the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today.

‘Hidden epidemic’ of HIV hitting adolescents in Asia-Pacific region, UN agencies warn

The Asia-Pacific region is facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents, with anestimated 50,000 new infections in 2014 among those aged 15 to 19, United Nations agencies reported today, calling on Governments to develop specifically targeted prevention strategies.

Nepal: millions of children at risk this winter due to severe shortage of essential supplies, UNICEF warns

Due to severe shortages of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines, more than three million children under the age of 5 are at risk of death or disease during the harsh winter months in Nepal, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.

'Nothing has changed' – UN expert on DPR Korea says two years after key human rights report

A United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today warned that nothing has changed in the country since the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK presented its landmark report to the Human Rights Council two years ago.

UN rights office alarmed by Nepal’s violation on use of force towards protestors

Alarmed by latest killings in violent clashes over the weekend in Nepal, bringing the death toll to at least 50 since protests against the new Constitution began in August, the United Nations human rights office today urged Nepalese authorities to follow international standards on use of force, respect dissenting voices and engage them in a “meaningful, inclusive and open dialogue.”

Cambodia: political crackdown reaching a 'dangerous tipping point' warns UN rights expert

Expressing deep concern about the breakdown in the dialogue between Cambodia's main political parties, a United Nations expert today warned that any intensification of the current events could bring the country to a “dangerous tipping point,” especially regarding the human rights of the Cambodian people.

In Malaysia, Ban calls for stronger cooperation from Southeast Asian countries to tackle global crises

Amid "grave global threats" looming large, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today called for stronger partnerships between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN to achieve sustainable development, tackle climate change and eradicate human rights violations.

UN rights office ‘deeply concerned’ about Thailand’s deportation of Chinese activists

Voicing strong concern over the deportation of two Chinese activists by the Thai Government and their risk of being tortured and ill-treated by the authorities once sent back to China, the United Nations today urged Thailand to stop deporting individuals while calling on China to ensure its human rights obligation to those extradited.

Ban expresses concern over blocking of essential supplies on Nepal-India border

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined his growing concern over the blocking of essential supplies on the Nepal-India border and called on all sides to lift these restrictions without further delay.