News by region: Asia Pacific


Korean Peninsula: Conflict prevention 'our collective priority' but onus also on DPRK, says UN chief

28 April – Preventing armed conflict in north-east Asia is the international community's collective priority while the onus is also on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to refrain from further nuclear testing and explore the path of dialogue, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council today.


Afghanistan: UN urges protection of civilians as casualties remain high in first quarter

27 April – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today urged all parties to the conflict to take immediate and concrete measures to better protect civilians from harm, as the latest data for 2017 shows continued high numbers of civilian casualties.


Afghanistan makes progress in fighting corruption, yet enormous challenges remain – new UN report

25 April – While enormous challenges remain, Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption, according to a United Nations report released today, which also finds that the country is making progress in other areas, such as restoring institutional control over the delivery of public services.


Conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan tortured, ill-treated in government facilities – UN

24 April – A record number of people detained by Afghan police say that have been tortured or ill-treated in the past year, according to a new United Nations report, which notes however that the Afghan Government has committed to eliminating torture and ill-treatment in national detention facilities.


Security Council condemns latest ‘highly destabilizing’ DPRK ballistic missile test

20 April – Strongly condemning the 15 April ballistic-missile launch conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today demanded that the country immediately cease further actions in violation of the UN body’s relevant resolutions and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions.


UN human rights arm urges Nepal to carry out conviction of soldiers in teen’s murder

18 April – Welcoming the conviction of three army officials accused of the murder of a 15-year-old girl during the armed conflict in Nepal more than 13 years ago, the United Nations human rights arm has called on the authorities to implement the court’s decision.


UN cultural agency promotes power of youth to preserve cultural heritage

17 April – Young people from around the world today joined United Nations staff and international dignitaries in Changsha, China, to show support for protecting and preserving the cultural heritage along the Silk Route.


Post latest missile test, Security Council condemns DPRK's 'highly destabilizing behaviour'

6 April – The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling it “in grave violation” of the country's international obligations under six of the body's resolutions passed between 2006 and 2016.


Health care goals in Indonesia can be reached only if challenges addressed – UN expert

4 April – Indonesia is on track to develop a sustainable and equitable healthcare system, but problems related to access and quality of services persist, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, said today.


Australia’s Aboriginal children ‘essentially being punished for being poor’ – UN rights expert

4 April – Stressing that the rates of incarceration for Australia’s indigenous peoples have reached astounding, “tsunami” proportions, a United Nations human rights expert today called on the authorities to respect the peoples’ right to self-determination, to full and effective participation in society, and to step up the fight against racism.