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UN rights chief welcomes movement to eradicate manual scavenging in India

The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the recent movement in India to eradicate manual scavenging, a practice traditionally relegated to Dalit women, and seen as a form of discrimination based on caste and gender.

Security Council stresses need for further cooperation in Central Asia

The Security Council today stressed the need for cooperation and coordination between governments in Central Asia and regional organizations to strengthen peace, stability and sustainable development in the region.

UN rights chief praises groundbreaking report on violence against women in India

A new report proposing ways to tackle violence against women in India represents a groundbreaking basis for action, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging the Government to follow through with its recommendations.

Philippines: UN and partners call for additional funding for post-typhoon recovery

The United Nations and its partners today called for a further $48 million to assist families devastated by Typhoon Bopha, which struck the island of Mindanao in the Philippines last month and caused massive destruction to homes, infrastructure and agricultural lands.

Conviction of editor in Thailand setback for human rights – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the harsh conviction of an editor and activist in Thailand for publishing two articles considered to be critical of the monarchy, and stressed that this puts at risk freedom of expression in the South-east Asian country.

Security Council sharpens sanctions on DPR Korea in wake of ballistic missile launch

Reiterating its condemnation of a December 2012 missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today more sharply targeted sanctions on that country, while again demanding an end to its nuclear and ballistic tests.

New UN report highlights ongoing problem of torture in Afghan detention facilities

Torture remains a serious concern in numerous detention facilities across Afghanistan, despite significant efforts by the Government and international partners to address the problem, according to a new United Nations report released on Sunday.

Myanmar: Ban welcomes announcement of ceasefire in Kachin state, follows implementation

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Government of Myanmar's recent announcement of a cease-fire in its northern state of Kachin and has been following the various reports from the ground on its implementation, the spokesperson for the world body's chief said today.

Removal of Chief Justice ‘calamitous setback’ for rule of law in Sri Lanka – UN official

The United Nations human rights chief today spoke out against the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice, saying it is a “calamitous setback” for rule of law in the South Asian nation, as well as for accountability and reconciliation.

Following visit to Myanmar, UN envoy calls on all parties to resume dialogue

The United Nations envoy to Myanmar today called on all parties in the country to work to ease tensions, resume dialogue, and ensure that there is humanitarian access to those who have been affected by the violence in the states of Kachin and Rakhine.