News by region: Asia Pacific

'Nothing has changed' – UN expert on DPR Korea says two years after key human rights report

26 November – A United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today warned that nothing has changed in the country since the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK presented its landmark report to the Human Rights Council two years ago.

UN rights office alarmed by Nepal’s violation on use of force towards protestors

25 November – Alarmed by latest killings in violent clashes over the weekend in Nepal, bringing the death toll to at least 50 since protests against the new Constitution began in August, the United Nations human rights office today urged Nepalese authorities to follow international standards on use of force, respect dissenting voices and engage them in a “meaningful, inclusive and open dialogue.”

Cambodia: political crackdown reaching a 'dangerous tipping point' warns UN rights expert

23 November – Expressing deep concern about the breakdown in the dialogue between Cambodia's main political parties, a United Nations expert today warned that any intensification of the current events could bring the country to a “dangerous tipping point,” especially regarding the human rights of the Cambodian people.

In Malaysia, Ban calls for stronger cooperation from Southeast Asian countries to tackle global crises

22 November – Amid "grave global threats" looming large, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today called for stronger partnerships between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN to achieve sustainable development, tackle climate change and eradicate human rights violations.

UN rights office ‘deeply concerned’ about Thailand’s deportation of Chinese activists

20 November – Voicing strong concern over the deportation of two Chinese activists by the Thai Government and their risk of being tortured and ill-treated by the authorities once sent back to China, the United Nations today urged Thailand to stop deporting individuals while calling on China to ensure its human rights obligation to those extradited.

Ban expresses concern over blocking of essential supplies on Nepal-India border

20 November – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined his growing concern over the blocking of essential supplies on the Nepal-India border and called on all sides to lift these restrictions without further delay.

In call to Myanmar’s President, Ban urges cooperation following opposition election win

19 November – In a telephone conversation with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all sides to cooperate in addressing the South-East Asian country’s major challenges following the opposition’s election victory this month.

Sri Lanka must fulfil the rights of families of the disappeared – UN rights experts

18 November – Sri Lanka has the opportunity to once and for all meet the rights and legitimate expectations of thousands of families of disappeared, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today, declaring “families have waited too long – the time for action has come.”

Myanmar: Ban phones election victor, pledging continued UN support for democratic reform

17 November – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today phoned Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), to congratulate her on its resounding success in this month’s elections, pledging continued United Nations support for democratic reform efforts.

Cambodia: Ban calls arrest warrant for opposition leader ‘worrisome development’

17 November – For the second time in three weeks the United Nations has expressed concern over increasing tensions between Cambodia’s Government and opposition, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today calling the arrest warrant issued against opposition leader Sam Rainsy “worrisome.”