Asia Pacific

Deploring recent suicide bombings, UN calls for end to attacks harming Afghan civilians

The United Nations political mission in Afghanistan today condemned two recent suicide attacks carried out by anti-government forces which resulted in the deaths of at least 19 civilians, including nine children, and the wounding of at least another 31 civilians.

UN rights office calls for investigation into video showing torture of two men in Fiji

The United Nations human rights office today expressed shock by the content of a video showing the apparent torture of two men in Fiji, and called on the Government to ensure the perpetrators are prosecuted and the victims protected.

UNESCO chief condemns murders of journalists in Pakistan and Brazil

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killings of two journalists in Pakistan and another in Brazil, and called for measures to increase the safety of media workers.

Security Council tightens sanctions on DPR Korea in wake of latest nuclear blast

Following its strong condemnation of the nuclear test conducted last month by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today tightened sanctions on the country’s trade and banking, as well as travel by targeted officials.

Landlocked developing nations still face unique challenges, UN forum told

United Nations representatives and senior government officials from landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) in Europe, Asia and the Pacific are meeting in Vientiane, Laos, to discuss how to fully participate in global trade and overcome isolation from world markets and other socio-economic consequences of not having access to a sea.

Malaysia: UN chief encourages dialogue to peacefully resolve situation in Sabah

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged an end to violence and encouraged dialogue among all parties to peacefully resolve the situation in Sabah, Malaysia.

Myanmar: UN aid reaches people in conflict-affected Kachin area

United Nations and international agencies for the first time in more than a year delivered badly-needed aid to hundreds of people in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state following a cease-fire and a de-escalation of violence, while warning of poor living conditions in communal shelters.

Cambodia: UN official welcomes possibility of genocide court trying sexual crimes

A senior United Nations official today welcomed the recent decision by Cambodia’s genocide tribunal to annul a previous ruling that would have prevented it from trying crimes of sexual violence committed during the Khmer Rouge regime.