Asia Pacific

UNESCO condemns murder of journalist in the Philippines

Condemning the murder of Filipino journalist Larry Que on 19 December, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has called on authorities to investigate his death.

UN rights chief calls for murder investigation after Philippine President admits to killing three people

Stressing that the killing of “about three” people, which the President of the Philippines admitted to personally committing while serving as the Mayor of the city of Davao clearly constituted murder, the United Nations human rights chief called on the judicial authorities in the country to uphold the rule of law and investigate the self-professed crimes.

UN envoy urges all Afghans, including the Taliban, to enter peace process and reject ‘endless war’

The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today called on the Taliban to participate in peace talks with the national Government, stressing that the conflict in the country has no military solution and the only path to a meaningful peace is through intra-Afghan dialogue.

Philippines: UN expert rejects Government-imposed conditions on fact-finding mission

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on summary executions urged the Government of the Philippines to lift a series of preconditions it has imposed on her planned visit to investigate the alleged extra-judicial killings of suspected drug dealers, since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.

Myanmar's handling of northern Rakhine lesson in how to make 'bad situation worse' – UN rights chief

Expressing concern over the situation in Myanmar's northern Rakhine, the top United Nations human rights official warned that the Government's “short-sighted, counterproductive, even callous” approach to the handling of the crisis could have grave long-term repercussions for the country and the region.

UN agency urges investing in agriculture science and technology to achieve 2030 ‘zero hunger’ target

The United Nations announced today at a meeting of the world’s top agricultural scientists, that in order to achieve world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of defeating hunger and poverty by 2030, governments and the private sector must increase commitment to agricultural science and technology research.

Human rights violations in DPR Korea ‘warning signs of instability and conflict,’ Security Council told

Citing human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), senior United Nations officials today highlighted the need for the Security Council to pay attention to the situation “of great concern.”

Myanmar must strengthen effort to diffuse tension in Myanmar – UN Special Adviser

The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, said today that the UN is “seriously concerned” by the developing situation in Northern Rakhine state and has called on the security forces to act in accordance with the “rule of law and accepted international norms,” and to exercise caution in avoiding disproportionate responses that could cause violence to civilians.

UN rights expert urges Australians to stand up against country's 'alarming' hate speech and racism

The United Nations human rights expert on contemporary forms of racism today urged all Australians – from the Government to the media and civil society – to stand up against “alarming” hate speech and racism racial discrimination in the country, especially against indigenous people, refugees, migrants, and Muslims.

New UN report urges action to end 'unimaginable suffering' for separated families on Korean peninsula

A new report from the United Nations human rights wing calls attention to more than 60 years of separation between families on the Korean peninsula, and urges action in order to alleviate the suffering of families.