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Amidst new violence in Bangladesh, UN chief urges restraint, respect for rule of law

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is concerned about the latest wave of deadly violence in Bangladesh ahead of parliamentary elections due by January.

Cambodia: On final day of UN-backed trial, former leaders deny war crimes charges

Two of the surviving former leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime charged with mass killings during the 1970’s requested to be acquitted today, as closing arguments began at the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in the south-east Asian country.

Maldives Supreme Court undermining democratic process – UN rights chief

The repeated interventions of the Supreme Court in the presidential election process in the Maldives are undermining the country’s democracy, the United Nations human rights chief said today, calling on reforms to the judiciary to safeguard the rule of law.

UN-mandated human rights inquiry on DPR Korea ‘not biased’, chair stresses

Members of the United Nations-appointed inquiry into human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today reiterated that they are not biased against Pyongyang, as they are poised to finalize their investigative work this week.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns deadly attack resulting in civilian deaths

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned yesterday’s attack in the south-eastern province of Ghazni that killed 19 civilians travelling on a mini bus.

Philippines: UN, partners seek $46.8 million to aid earthquake-ravaged Bohol

The United Nations and humanitarian partners in the Philippines appealed today for $46.8 million to meet the acute needs of the victims of the Bohol earthquake which is believed to have affected more than 3 million people.

Myanmar: UN expert urges greater efforts to curb anti-Muslim sentiment

The United Nations expert on Myanmar today cautioned that the situation in Rakhine State is feeding a winder anti-Muslim narrative in the country which threatens the ongoing reform process aimed at a more open and broad-based democracy.

UN team hails Japan’s remediation efforts in Fukushima-affected areas

Good progress has been made by Japan in remediation efforts in areas affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, a group of United Nations experts have said in a preliminary report, while encouraging the Government to better communicate its decontamination goals to the public.

Seychelles: UN expert urges technical, vocational education to foster ‘blue economy’

Noting Seychelles’ efforts to develop a marine-based economy while reducing ocean degradation and alleviating poverty, an independent United Nations human rights expert today urged greater attention to teaching skills in the ‘blue economy.’

Maldives: UN chief voices deep concern at delay of presidential re-run

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced his deep concern at the delay of the re-run of the 7 September presidential election annulled by the Supreme Court and called on all concerned to ensure that the polls take place as soon as possible.