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In Cameroon UN Belatedly Speaks On A Death But Silent on Killings by Biya Following Guterres

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR PFT NYP

UN GATE, Dec 1 – On September 29 Inner City Press was sent another tweet about Biya's platform for national dialogue, an account featuring a photos of the grip and grin between Guterres and Biya's foreign minister. This is the result of Guterres' sold out diplomacy - a Potemkin Village of fake dialogue accompanied by violence and censorship. Guterres is no better than Biya. At least Biya is officially senile. What is Guterres' excuse?

  Now on December 1 Guterres' resident coordinator in Yaounde has issued a statement about a death -- it's good she does this, but she has remained silent on many, many killings by Biya's forces, like Guterres has: "Yaounde, 1 December 2019 – The Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon, Ms. Allegra Baiocchi, strongly condemns the killing of an aid worker in north-west Cameroon. “I am deeply saddened by the news of the horrific execution of an aid worker last night. On behalf of the United Nations and the wider humanitarian community, our deepest condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues,” said Ms. Baiocchi.  On 30 November, Mr. Pascal Ngwayi, of COMINSUD, a local NGO and UN partner, was abducted and later killed by armed men in Donga Mantung Division of the North West Region." We'll have more on this.

 On November 28 Guterres was silent again about Cameroon, the continued lock up of a sick journalist (Guterres in his sick away enjoys and continues his retaliation against investigative journalism which asks how he spends public money, today in Lisbon) - while "Yaoundé Special Criminal Court decision to reject a request for Amadou Vamoulké's provisional release although two medical reports say this journalist needs treatment abroad and his continuing detention violates Cameroonian law.

  On November 5 before 8 am Inner City Press in writing asked Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, Melissa Fleming and of course Amina J. Mohammed, "November 5-2: On Cameroon and press freedom, what are the belated comments and actions of SG Guterres on that the South West Chapter Cameroon Journalists Trade Union have showed up in court for their detained colleague, Samuel Wazizi.

  Five days later, nothing at all. Nor on Cameroon peacekeepers' sexual abuse. Guterres and the other three are entirely corrupt. And see their partners in censorship, for example here.

  Now US President Trump has written to the U.S. Congress, cutting off trade benefits to Biya's Cameroon: “I am taking this step because I have determined that the Government of Cameroon currently engages in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, contravening the eligibility requirements of section 104 of the (African Growth and Opportunity Act)."

   This while Guterres covers up Cameroon "peacekeepers" rapes of children in CAR, and torching of villages in SW and NW. The dialogue of which Guterres made so much, while banning all Press questions about it, is dead...

  Guterres m.o. is spreading. Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and now Melissa Fleming have refused to answer Inner City Press' written questions about Cameroon. Dujarric amid Biya's killings tweeted this: "  UN Spokesperson  @UN_Spokesperson   Secretary-General  @antonioguterres  encouraged by   @PR_Paul_BIYA 's decision to release Maurice Kamto and hundreds of others, reiterates  @UN 's support for #Cameroon's National Dialogue." The irony? Biya on Twitter blocks many critics including Inner City Press, which is ALSO blocked by Dujarric. Birds of a corrupt feather.

Inner City Press live tweeted the shameful May UNSC session and uploaded Guterres' envoy Francois Fall's failing statement here.

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