News by region: Asia Pacific


After 30 years of conflict, Sri Lanka still in 'early stages of renewal' – UN rights chief

9 February – After nearly 30 years of conflict and acrimony that not only cost tens of thousands of lives but also eroded vital components of the State, Sri Lanka is still in the early stages of renewal, the United Nations human rights chief said today, ending a mission to the country.


Condemning DPR Korea's missile launch, Security Council to pursue 'significant measures' in response

7 February – Following emergency consultations today, the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the missile launched by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and announced that it will “expeditiously” adopt a new resolution in response to “these dangerous and serious violations.”


UN chief calls on DPR Korea to halt 'provocative actions' following missile launch

7 February – Following a missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the country's Government “to halt its provocative actions and return to compliance with its international obligations.”


UN emergency fund allocates $8 million to assist vulnerable women and children in DPR Korea

3 February – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released eight million dollars from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for severely underfunded aid operations in the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), to enable life-saving assistance for more than 2.2 million people most vulnerable and at risk of malnutrition.


DPR Korea's intention to launch a satellite 'deeply troubling' – UN chief

3 February – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the intention of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to launch a satellite in the coming weeks is a “deeply worrying development.”


Afghanistan: UN mine clearance officials strongly condemn murder of four de-miners

27 January – United Nations demining officials in Afghanistan today strongly condemned an attack in which unknown militants shot dead four de-miners while a fifth was reported missing in Helmand province, one of the most heavily mined in the strife-torn country.


UN experts urge Pakistani authorities to halt evictions and demolition for new Lahore metro line

25 January – Concerned that construction on a new metro line in Lahore, Pakistan, has led to numerous forced evictions and damage to historic and cultural heritage sites, United Nations human rights experts have called on the Government to stop the work and provide more details on the project.


UN agricultural agency helps Pakistan cope with natural disasters such as floods, quakes, droughts

24 January – With Pakistan suffering a multitude of natural disasters each year, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, landslides and avalanches, a United Nations development agency is teaming up with State and provincial authorities to shore up the country's agriculture, among the sectors most affected


UN health agency urges vigilance in South-East Asia after new case of MERS confirmed in Thailand

24 January – The United Nations health agency cautioned South-East Asia States today to remain vigilant against the continuing risks of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) after Thailand confirmed the sometimes fatal disease in a traveller, its second case in seven months.


‘Imperative to pursue criminal accountability of the DPR Korea leadership’ – UN rights expert

22 January – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today called on the international community to further all efforts to improve the human rights situation in the country.