Human Rights

Secretary-General welcomes humane treatment of ethnic minorities in Laos

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the humane treatment extended by the Lao Government to the ethnic minorities who emerged from remote areas over the weekend, and he stressed the readiness of the United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance to such groups at the Government's request.

UNESCO hails release of two long-time Laotian political prisoners

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the release of two long-time Laotian political prisoners whose freedom the agency has sought for many years.

Malaysia: UN agency seeks moratorium on deportations of asylum-seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called for a moratorium on the deportation of Indonesian asylum seekers in Malaysia amid persistent reports that authorities there are planning to deport some 250 people who fled conflict in the province of Aceh.

UN-backed meeting adopts action plan to help disabled persons in Asia, Pacific

Concluding the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled People, a United Nations-backed meeting held in Japan today adopted a wide-ranging regional framework for action to integrate the concerns of disabled persons into development programmes.