Asia Pacific

Bangladesh: UN human rights experts appeal for end to violence linked to court decisions

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today called for an immediate stop to violence in Bangladesh and a return to peaceful demonstrations following reported large-scale protests since early February.

Cambodia: UN-backed genocide court rules Nuon Chea fit for trial

The trial chamber of the United Nations-backed court in Cambodia that is trying those accused of genocide and crimes against humanity today ruled that Nuon Chea, also knows as “Brother Number Two” to Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, is fit for trial.

Independent UN human rights expert urges Indonesia to halt executions

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Indonesian Government to restrict the use of the death penalty, following the recent reported execution of a man convicted on drug charges.

After deadly attack, UN expert urges greater safety for Pakistan’s internally displaced

Humanitarian camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) must provide safe environments for those living and working there, a United Nations independent expert has stressed, adding that attacks such as the recent one on the Jalozai camp in Pakistan were “prohibited under all circumstances.”

Myanmar: UN warns of humanitarian crisis amid continued inter-communal tensions

Ahead of the monsoon season set to start in Myanmar in May, a senior United Nations humanitarian official today called for urgent help for more than 125,000 people displaced by inter-communal fighting in Rakhine state, a region he had just visited.

Ban urges ‘redoubled’ safety measures amid increasing violence against teachers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the recent spate of fatal attacks on teachers in Pakistan, while voicing great concern about the growing trend of violence against educators around the world.

Myanmar authorities must do more to stop spread of violence – UN independent expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Myanmar to take urgent steps to tackle the prejudice and discrimination fuelling violence and destruction between Muslim and Buddhist communities.

Ban honours late Bangladeshi President for his role in advancing country’s democracy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute in the United Nations General Assembly to the late president of Bangladesh, Zillur Rahman, praising his political contributions to the country’s democratic transition.

UN agency and partners aid Thai refugee camp after deadly fire

The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are rushing aid to north-western Thailand, where a fire killed more than 30 people, wounded several others and destroyed thatched homes leaving thousands of people homeless in a remote refugee camp in Mae Hong Son province.

Myanmar: UN official voices concern at reports of increased sectarian violence

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide today voiced deep concern at reports of increased violence between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Myanmar, and called on leaders to promote respect for diversity and peaceful coexistence.