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Latest news on the Asia-Pacific region from the United Nations

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bomb attacks in Thailand that took place on Thursday and Friday, expressing hope that the perpetrators will be quickly brought to justice.
    UN News Centre on 13 August 2016
  • Expressing concern about alleged violations against migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, the United Nations human rights office today reiterated its call for Australia and Nauru to end the practice of processing and keeping these people offshore.
    UN News Centre on 12 August 2016
  • More than a year since the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015, through the combined work of the United Nations cultural agency and its partners, some of the country’s notable museums and institutions, including the National Museum, and the National Art Gallery are once again open and visitors are coming back to enjoy their rich collections.
    UN News Centre on 11 August 2016
  • Denouncing a new law in Maldives as a “direct attack” on free speech, a United Nations human rights expert warned today that elements of the bill, such as the vague use of religion, social norms and defamation as reasons for punishing expression, contradict not only international norms, but also obligations set out in the country’s own Constitution.
    UN News Centre on 11 August 2016
  • The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has denounced the recent terrorist attack that killed at least 70 people, including two journalists, in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan&#39s Balochistan province.
    UN News Centre on 10 August 2016
  • Mourning those who perished in the 1945 atomic bombing and suffered through its horrendous after-effects, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today conveyed his solidarity to a peace memorial ceremony in Nagasaki, Japan, and urged all to “recommit to building a safer and more secure future.”
    UN News Centre on 10 August 2016
  • Voicing concern over a number of worrying developments regarding capital punishment in the Maldives, the United Nations human rights chief today called on the Government to refrain from carrying out planned executions and to uphold the de facto moratorium that has been in place in the country for over six decades.
    UN News Centre on 10 August 2016
  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s terrorist bombing at the Civil Hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, underscoring that the targeting of mourners at a civilian hospital made the attack “particularly appalling.”
    UN News Centre on 9 August 2016
  • With global tensions rising and progress on nuclear disarmament hard to find, &#8220the world needs the Hibakusha spirit more than ever,&#8221 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, citing the determination and perseverance of those survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks as an example for championing peace and a seeking a better future for all.
    UN News Centre on 6 August 2016
  • The United Nations human rights chief today deplored the execution of 20 people in Iran this week for purported terrorism-related offences.
    UN News Centre on 5 August 2016
  • Expressing deep concern about the critical health condition of a prisoner on hunger strike for three months, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts today called on the Government of China to stop all forms of ill-treatment and urgently provide him with specialized medical care, based on his full and informed consent.
    UN News Centre on 5 August 2016
  • The United Nations is "deeply troubled" by the recent missile launches of the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), a UN spokesperson said today after one of the rockets, reportedly landed in or near Japanese waters for the first time.
    UN News Centre on 4 August 2016
  • The United Nations human rights chief today expressed serious concern that Iraq has created a committee to accelerate implementation of death sentences.
    UN News Centre on 1 August 2016