UN Calling Asia: focus on Hiroshima, Indigenous People’s Rights and Freedom of Expression

Survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki, Japan. UN File Photo/Yosuke Yamahata

“Work together for peace” says Hiroshima survivor

A survivor of the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago has said his dream is for the people of the world to work together for peace. He was talking to the Executive Secretary of the UN Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Lassina Zerbo has been in Japan to attend ceremonies marking the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 6th and 9th of August respectively. Cristina Silveiro asked Mr Zerbo about his meeting with the survivor.


Dr Mukta Lama at the UN Radio studios in New York. Photo: UN Radio/Daniel Dickinson

Awareness of indigenous people’s rights increasing in Nepal

Awareness of the rights of indigenous people in Nepal is increasing, but more needs to be done to ensure they have access to a range of services, according to an activist from the Asian nation. Nepal has 59 recognised indigenous groups, making up around 40 per cent of the population. The international community recently gathered at the United Nations in New York to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, celebrated annually on 9 August. Dr Mukta Lama was there. He has conducted research studies on social inclusion as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University in Nepal. Daniel Dickinson asked him what challenges indigenous people face in Nepal. 


David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Fourth killing this year of blogger in Bangladesh condemned

The murder of a blogger in Bangladesh who supported the rights of women and minorities has been condemned by two UN human rights experts. Niloy Neel was reportedly hacked to death on Friday in his apartment in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, by an extremist gang. Before his death, Mr Neel wrote posts condemning the recent killings of three other bloggers and the oppression of Hindus in the country. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, says his violent murder shows a serious threat to freedom of expression in Bangladesh. I spoke with Mr Kaye about the incident.

Presenter: Maria Carlino
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00

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