Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the recent release of a number of political detainees in Myanmar and stressed the need to pursue national reconciliation talks between the Government and the opposition.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan reacted with dismay today to reported attacks against civilians in Afghanistan and urged the international community to explore ways to prevent further rights violations there.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan will travel to the United Kingdom early next week to deliver a lecture at Oxford University and hold meetings with top officials in London, a United Nations spokesman announced today.
The head of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has expressed satisfaction with the smooth deployment of the national army in Kambia district following the completion of the disarmament process in the area.
The Secretary-General's Special Envoy to the Central African Republic is expected to discuss reported human rights abuses with the country's President in Bangui today, according to a United Nations spokesman.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended all cargo flights in Angola pending investigation of a shooting incident involving two agency planes carrying relief food, a United Nations spokesman said today.
The top United Nations human rights official today welcomed United States President George W. Bush's recent statement that the death penalty should never be applied to any individual who is 'mentally retarded.'