UN CALLING ASIA: Expert fears political deadlock affecting human rights in Cambodia

Surya Subedi

An independent expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia is concerned that a political impasse stemming from last year's elections is having a detrimental impact on peace and prosperity. UN Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi has concluded his latest mission to the country where he met with Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposition representatives and members of civil society. He talks to Dianne Penn about some of the issues he raised, including concerns related to the deadly crackdown on protesting garment workers earlier this month.

India: from challenge to champion in the fight against polio

Polio vaccination in India

India, which was once considered the most challenging place on earth for polio eradication, will soon celebrate three years without a single reported case of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) says pending final clearance of laboratory samples from India this month, it's expected that the entire South-East Asia region will be certified as polio-free. Patrick Maigua in Geneva asked Olivier Rosenbauer, spokesperson for WHO's Global Polio Eradication Initiative, about this milestone achievement for India.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Violence in Iraq is condemned by UN

The upsurge in violence in the Anbar Province of Iraq has been condemned by the United Nations Secretary-General. According to reports, at least 60 people have died in car-bombings and clashes between security forces and militants linked to al-Qaeda in the Province. Ban Ki-moon is currently in Iraq to discuss the country's future. The violence has surged as Iraq prepares for elections scheduled for 30 April this year. Derrick Mbatha has the story.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"


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