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Hong Kong: Arrests under Security Law, a serious concern |

The human rights lawyer, who was arrested on 8 September, was a member of the Hong Kong Alliance, an advocacy group which organized an...

Trade can play a pivotal role in addressing climate change, says UN report  |

Around 16 million new jobs could be created in clean energy, energy efficiency, engineering, manufacturing and construction industries in the Asia-Pacific region, more than compensating for the estimated loss...

Afghanistan: Humanitarians call for greater support as winter approaches |

Afghanistan was already among the world’s worst humanitarian situations prior to the Taliban assuming power in August, which has deepened existing needs and vulnerabilities.   A...

‘Urgent’ international response needed in Myanmar: UN chief  |

The country has been in protracted crisis since Myanmar’s military leadership ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1.   It claimed...

Afghanistan: Rapid decline in public health conditions, WHO warns |

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 response has also declined and almost half of the country’s children are at risk of...

DPRK says it will ‘respond willingly’ if US abandons ‘hostile policy’  |

“But it is our judgment that there is no prospect, at the present stage, for the US to really withdraw its hostile policy towards...

Pacific nations appeal for solidarity to combat COVID-19 and climate change |

Referring to the recent UN Secretary-General’s report Our Common Agenda, for a better, greener, and safer future for all, Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia V....

Philippines President urges world to ‘reverse course’ on inequality  |

“From what I have seen that future will likely be one of inequality, where the poor plays catch-up with the rich, with no hope nor chance of...

Afghanistan: ‘Palpable’ fear of ‘brutal and systemic repression’ of women grows |

Michelle Bachelet informed a high-level event on safeguarding 20 years of international engagement in Afghanistan, that women have been “progressively excluded from the public...

UNICEF stresses Afghan girls must not be excluded from school |

“We are deeply worried”, UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said in a statement, “that many girls may not be allowed back at this time”.

First humanitarian flight to Kabul marks ‘turning point’ in crisis: WFP  |

More than 90 per cent of families are struggling to find enough to eat, and with winter fast approaching, aid agencies have been “scrambling to meet massive needs...

Support Afghans in their most perilous hour, urges UN’s Guterres |

Leading the appeal in Geneva for $606 million to support emergency aid for 11 million people across the country, António Guterres said that even...

Taliban response to protests increasingly violent, UN rights office warns  |

OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva that on Wednesday, the Taliban issued an instruction prohibiting unauthorized assemblies. A day later, they ordered telecommunications companies to...

Iran must halt execution of Kurdish prisoner: UN rights experts  |

Their appeal follows serious concerns that Heidar Ghorbani did not receive a fair trial and was tortured during pre-trial detention.  He was arrested in October 2016 in connection with the...

UN entities condemn “abhorrent” terrorist attack at Kabul airport |

The Islamic State in Khorosan Province (ISKP) has claimed responsibility for the deadly explosions which occurred on Thursday evening, local time, amid ongoing evacuations...

Deadly journeys through Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea threaten ‘tragic and fatal consequences’ |

Deadly journeys through Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea threaten 'tragic and fatal consequences' Last year was the deadliest on record for Rohingya refugees journeying through...

Report details grave violations against children in Afghanistan |

The study found that 5,770 Afghan youngsters were killed or maimed between January 2019 and December 2020, the reporting period.   Meanwhile, child casualties...

Fast-moving Afghanistan crisis ‘has hallmarks of humanitarian catastrophe’ |

As widespread fighting intensifies, UNHCR said that it was particularly concerned about the impact of the conflict on women and girls as “80 per...

Hiroshima memorial: UN chief laments slow progress on nuclear-free goal |

“The only guarantee against the use of nuclear weapons is their total elimination”, he said in a video message to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial...

Myanmar: From political crisis, to ‘multi-dimensional human rights catastrophe’ – Bachelet |

Speaking at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet reiterated that the situation in the country has evolved from a political...

Death in custody of activist priest, a stain on India’s rights record: UN expert...

Stan Swamy, who was 84, was jailed last October on terrorism charges which UN Special Rapporteur highlighting the work of human rights defenders worldwide,...

Myanmar: Rights expert calls for ‘COVID ceasefire’, urges UN action |

Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said junta forces have engaged in at least 260 attacks against medical personnel and facilities, resulting in at least 18 deaths....

Bangladesh: Deadly flooding, landslides devastate Rohingya refugees  

Three days of strong winds and heavy monsoon rain on sprawling refugee sites in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar have taken Rohingya refugee lives and wreaked...

Afghanistan: UN mission demands end to fighting as Taliban advance |

UNAMA said civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence as fighting enters cities, according to a post on its official Twitter account.