South Asia expands public smoking bans

Tobacco products

Tobacco is a public health threat around the world, but in South Asia it kills over a million people a year.

South Asia is also a major producer and exporter of tobacco, making it an important source of income. But advances are being made to deter future generations from picking up this deadly habit.

World No Tobacco Day observed on May 31 is trying to expand smoke free areas to protect people from the dangers of second hand smoke.

Dr. Nyo Nyo Kyiang, WHO's Regional Advisor for the Tobacco Free Initiative in South-East Asia explained to Jocelyne Sambira how tobacco use is deeply ingrained in the Asian culture.

Jiten Yumnam

India dam project to drown indigenous land

The indigenous people of Manipur in North east India are being pushed out of their land to make place for the construction of a dam.

This dam is the largest ever built in India, and it could drown the indigenous' land, and wipe out their entire culture and heritage.

Jiten Yumnam is a Meiteis- an indigenous person from Manipur- and human rights defender who is speaking out against this project.

At a UN meeting in New York for the rights of the indigenous, he tells Jocelyne Sambira the rights of indigenous are being violated.

Afghans returning home from Iran

Surge in Afghans leaving Iran 

The number of Afghan refugees leaving Iran has doubled over the past year says the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. They are leaving because they can no longer afford to live in the country where previously they were receiving support from the Iranian government. Afghans are the second largest group of long staying refugees in Iran.

SOURCE: UNHCR 

You've been listening to UN Calling Asia from United Nations Radio in New York.  I'm Jocelyne Sambira.

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