News by region: Asia Pacific


Vanuatu: UNICEF launches birth registration campaign as recovery from Cyclone Pam continues

20 April – Thousands of children affected by the devastation of last month’s Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu are slated to receive new birth certificates through a United Nations-supported campaign, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.


Afghanistan: UN condemns ‘brutal’ suicide attack in Jalalabad

18 April – United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, has strongly condemned the “brutal” suicide attack that reportedly killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 others in the Afghan city of Jalalabad earlier today.


UNICEF urges Australia, Cambodia to protect rights of child refugees in Nauru

17 April – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) raised concerns today regarding reported decisions by the Governments of Australia and Cambodia to start transferring refugees currently in an Australian-funded processing centre in Nauru to Cambodia for settlement.


Afghan civilian casualties from ground combat rise in 2015 – UN

12 April – In the first three months of 2015, civilian casualties from ground engagements rose by eight per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures released today by the United Nations with warning that the toll is likely to rise in the coming summer months.


UN official ‘shocked’ by killing of aid workers in Afghanistan

11 April – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan today expressed sadness for the death of five staff members of Save the Children International, found dead on 10 April, after being abducted on 3 March in Uruzgan province.


UN Mission condemns killing of Afghan civilians in spate of attacks

10 April – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned the killing of at least 18 civilians over the last 24 hours in three separate incidents, and extended condolences to the families of the victims.


Vanuatu: UN urges support for Government-led relief efforts one month after Cyclone Pam

10 April – The Government of Vanuatu urgently needs funding to continue basic humanitarian relief efforts such as food, safe drinking water and shelter, according to the United Nations humanitarian mission helping the country respond to the effects of Cyclone Pam.


Malaysia’s anti-terror and sedition laws ‘curtail’ human rights, warns UN rights chief

9 April – A series of amendments to Malaysia’s 1948 Sedition Act risk seriously undermine freedom of expression and opinion throughout the country, the top United Nations human rights official warned today as he urged the Asian state to bring its legislation in line with international human rights standards.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of Bangladeshi blogger

9 April – The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom denounced today the murder of Washiqur Rahman Babu, a Bangladesh-based blogger, and reiterated the call for local authorities to defend freedom of expression and public debate in the South Asian country.


UN calls for $111 million to address urgent humanitarian priorities in DPR Korea

8 April – The United Nations today called for some $111 million to fund its humanitarian operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) in 2015, covering activities in food and agriculture, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation.