News by region: Asia Pacific


UN humanitarian team activated in Nepal in wake of severe floods and landslides

15 August – The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has been activated in Nepal to support response efforts in the aftermath of severe floods that have hit the nation, the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country has said.


UN rights expert urges restraint in security operation in Myanmar's Rakhine state

11 August – A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm over reports that an army battalion has flown into Rakhine state in western Myanmar to help local authorities boost security in the region.


UN refugee agency voices 'grave concern' as crisis escalates at Manus Island processing centre

8 August – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed a grave concern over the deteriorating conditions for refugees and asylum seekers at Australia's offshore immigration processing facility on the Manus Island of Papua New Guinea.


On anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, UN chief calls for intensified effort on nuclear disarmament

6 August – With the presence of some 15,000 nuclear weapons on earth, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged all States to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world.


UN Security Council toughens sanctions on DPR Korea over ballistic missile launches

5 August – In response to the launches of ballistic missiles of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today moved to strengthen sanctions on the Northeast Asian country's exports.


Afghanistan: UN condemns killing of civilians in Herat mosque attack

2 August – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN political mission in Afghanistan have denounced last night's attack against worshippers gathered in a mosque in the city of Herat which killed at least 31 civilians and injured many more.


Deadly combination of cholera, hunger and conflict pushes Yemen to 'edge of a cliff' – senior UN official

1 August – Describing the situation in Yemen as “very bleak,” with “no end in sight,” a senior United Nations official envoy today said the war-torn country, already reeling from malnutrition and dwindling health care, is plummeting into further distress amid a deadly cholera outbreak and looming famine.


Afghanistan: UN Mission condemns suicide attack against Iraqi embassy in Kabul

31 July – The United Nations political mission in Afghanistan today denounced an attack on the embassy of Iraq saying it is another attack aimed at the international community but where Afghan civilians bear the brunt of the violence.


Philippines: UN experts urge Government to address spiralling rights violations

31 July – A group of United Nations experts has urged the Government of the Philippines to immediately address reported human rights violations, including murder, threats against indigenous peoples and the summary execution of children.


Human rights defenders in Viet Nam should 'never be treated as criminals,' says UN rights office

28 July – The United Nations rights office expressed concern today over the intensifying crackdown in Viet Nam against human rights defenders who have questioned or criticized the Government and its policies.