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UN officials decry reported Taliban edict on singling out non-Muslims

United Nations officials today decried a reported proposal by the Taliban which would require all non-Muslims in Afghanistan to wear identity labels on their clothing.

Annan to send envoy to Myanmar to help facilitate reconciliation process

An envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will visit Myanmar next week to help facilitate the process of democratization and national reconciliation there, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

70,000 Afghan refugees in makeshift camp in Pakistan get emergency aid from UN

Extremely concerned at the plight of some 70,000 Afghan refugees living in an insecure, makeshift site in Pakistan, the United Nations has begun providing them with temporary emergency assistance pending a more permanent decision on their relocation.

UN mission in East Timor reports agreement on new draft labour law

Three days of consultations between the East Timor Transitional Administration, employers, workers and members of civic society have yielded an agreement on a draft labour code, UNTAET, the UN Transitional Administration in the territory, said today in Dili.

Over half of East Timorese registered to vote, UN Mission says

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today reported that it had registered almost 54 per cent of the territory's population in preparation for the 30 August elections of a Constituent Assembly.

UN refugee agency voices concern over Cambodia's expulsion of Vietnamese

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it was "extremely concerned" about reports that some Vietnamese asylum seekers have been deported from Cambodia over recent months.

Taliban shuts down 4 UN political offices in Afghanistan

Following through on a decision announced earlier this month, the Taliban has shut down all but two United Nations political offices in Afghanistan, a United Nations spokesman reported today.

Security in East Timor is "good" as territory nears elections, Security Council told

The security situation in East Timor is good as the territory makes progress towards the 30 August elections for a Constituent Assembly - the precursor to a parliament, the United Nations Security Council was told today by a top UN peacekeeping official.

Taliban create obstacles for aid community in Afghanistan, UN office says

The aid community is facing increasing obstacles from Taliban authorities in carrying out its work in Afghanistan, in violation of agreements that spell out conditions for continued humanitarian assistance by the United Nations, the Islamabad-based Office of the UN Coordinator for Afghanistan said today.

China, UN labour agency launch new partnership to improve workers' rights

The Government of China and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have entered into a new partnership to strengthen Chinese policies for employment, social dialogue and social protection, in line with internationally recognized workers' rights, the United Nations agency announced today.