News by region: Asia Pacific


Security Council strongly condemns DPRK’s ballistic missile launches

23 June – The Security Council today strongly condemned the ballistic missile launches conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 21 June, noting that these repeated acts are in grave violation of obligations under the relevant resolutions adopted by the 15-nation body.


‘Strong collaboration’ needed to help end violence against children in Viet Nam, says UN envoy

23 June – Concluding a three-day visit to Viet Nam, a United Nations envoy has called on the government, civil society and all stakeholders to take united action to eliminate violence against children.


Progress on economy, improving security is imperative for Afghanistan, UN envoy reports

21 June – Progress on the economy and improving security is imperative so that Afghans have confidence in their Government, the United Nations envoy in Afghanistan said today.


Thailand: Ban reaffirms UN’s readiness to support country’s return to democracy

20 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support Thailand as the country prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution.


UN strongly condemns series of attacks in Afghanistan

20 June – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today expressed grave concern about a series of deadly attacks across Afghanistan, reiterating its call for anti-Government elements, including the Taliban, to immediately cease all attacks in civilian-populated areas and stop targeting civilians, including diplomatic facilities and personnel.


Myanmar must address ‘serious’ human rights violations against minorities – UN rights chief

20 June – Issuing a new report on the situation of minorities in Myanmar, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has urged the Government to take concrete steps to end the “systemic discrimination” and ongoing human rights violations against minority communities, particularly the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.


UN rights experts urge India to repeal law restricting civil society access to foreign funding

16 June – Three United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of India to repeal a regulation that has been increasingly used to obstruct civil society's access to foreign funding.


UN humanitarian coordinator reports more than 26,000 people affected by Myanmar floods

15 June – Heavy monsoon rains since the beginning of June have caused flooding in five states and regions of Myanmar, resulting in 14 deaths and affecting at least 26,000 people, a United Nations humanitarian coordinator reported today.


Afghanistan: UN condemns attack targeting civilians gathered for Friday prayers

10 June – The United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today condemned an attack targeting civilians gathered for Friday prayers at the Hisarak Jami Mosque in Rodat district, in Nangarhar province.


Nearly two years on, Secretary-General reunites with Hokule’a crew for World Oceans Day

8 June – Warning that we are dangerously close to breaking the limit of how we should use oceans, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reunited with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew who are using traditional methods to circumvent the world and highlight the importance of protecting our bodies of water.