News by region: Asia Pacific


UN agency hails new polio vaccination regimen in South-East Asia that curbs impact on global supply

12 January – Amid a global shortage of injectable inactivated polio vaccines (IPV), a new inoculation regimen, employed by governments in the South-East Asian region, involving two fractional vaccine doses – each about a fifth of a full dose – provides the same level of protection against all polioviruses as does one full dose, the United Nations health agency said today.


Pakistan: UN expert calls for return of four disappeared human rights and social media activists

11 January – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Pakistani authorities to make it a top priority to locate, protect and return home four disappeared human rights and social media campaigners.


Afghanistan: UN condemns latest terrorist attacks against civilians and diplomats

11 January – The United Nations has condemned yesterday's terrorist attacks near the Parliament in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, and the residence of the Provincial Governor of Kandahar, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.


Thousands of Afghan children face acute malnutrition amid ‘unprecedented’ displacement – UN

9 January – Despite attempts to increase food aid in Afghanistan, children bear the brunt of the country’s nutritional crisis, the United Nations humanitarian arm today reported, warning that the ongoing fighting has also led to record number of children at risk of abuse and exploitation.


2016 deadliest year ever for migrants crossing Mediterranean – UN agency

6 January – More migrants were killed crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2016 than ever before, according to the United Nations migration agency in the region.


UN rights expert to assess potential abuses in northern Myanmar

6 January – An independent United Nations expert will assess the human rights situation in Myanmar starting next week, it was announced, following increasing concerns about civilians in Kachin State and the escalating violence in Rakhine State.


UNESCO condemns murder of journalist in the Philippines

28 December – Condemning the murder of Filipino journalist Larry Que on 19 December, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has called on authorities to investigate his death.


UN rights chief calls for murder investigation after Philippine President admits to killing three people

20 December – Stressing that the killing of “about three” people, which the President of the Philippines admitted to personally committing while serving as the Mayor of the city of Davao clearly constituted murder, the United Nations human rights chief called on the judicial authorities in the country to uphold the rule of law and investigate the self-professed crimes.


UN envoy urges all Afghans, including the Taliban, to enter peace process and reject ‘endless war’

19 December – The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today called on the Taliban to participate in peace talks with the national Government, stressing that the conflict in the country has no military solution and the only path to a meaningful peace is through intra-Afghan dialogue.


Philippines: UN expert rejects Government-imposed conditions on fact-finding mission

16 December – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on summary executions urged the Government of the Philippines to lift a series of preconditions it has imposed on her planned visit to investigate the alleged extra-judicial killings of suspected drug dealers, since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.