Activists say human rights abuses in Myanmar are escalating

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Aung San Suu Kyii

Aung San Suu Kyii

Human rights defenders are calling on the UN to create a commission of inquiry into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Myanmar. In a report issued in August, three organizations – the International Federation for Human Rights, the Alternative ASEAN network on Burma (ALTSEAN) and the Burma Lawyers’ Council, document human rights abuses, which they argue, constitute international crimes. Representatives of the organizations were in New York to lobby UN delegates to bring up the issue with the Security Council.

UN envoy to Afghanistan acknowledges widespread election fraud

Kai Eide (centre)

The UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan, accused of hiding voter fraud and siding with one of the candidates, has acknowledged “widespread fraud” in the disputed Afghan elections. At a press conference in Kabul on Sunday, Kai Eide rejected allegations by his deputy that he had concealed evidence of fraud.

Making hospitals that withstand disasters

Victims of Earthquake in Pakistan

The earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis that struck the Asia and Pacific regions in recent weeks destroyed or damaged over 300 health facilities, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without adequate health care in the immediate wake of these tragedies. On the International Day for Disaster Reduction, October 14th, the UN urged that hospitals be built to withstand the impacts of natural hazards.

Producer: Bissera Kostova
Duration: 14’00″

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