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On Cameroon & Refoulement, ICP Asks French Delattre Who Says "We Always Have Views But No Comment"

By Matthew Russell Lee, Video, en francais, 1st Person

UNITED NATIONS, February 8 – The UN system's deference to Cameroon's 35-year president Paul Biya, and to the government of neighboring Nigeria, continues. The UN refugee agency UNHCR in Abuja early on January 30 told Inner City Press that it has as yet no comment on the blatant forced repatriation or refoulement to Cameroon of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and 46 others while it seeks "explanations through official channels." On January 31, Inner City Press against asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here and below. After the UN again no-commented Inner City Press' Cameroon question on February 5 (video here, second half), at 5 pm that day the US State Department issued a statement, via spokesperson Heather Nauert, below. But when Inner City Press on February 8 put the refoulement question to Francois Delattre, the UN Ambassador of France which has supported Paul Biya's 36-year rule, Delattre replied that "We always have views but no comment from me at this stage." Video here. That is irresponsible - or another sign of France's responsibility for what is happening in the region. We'll have more on this. On February 7, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Farhan Haq, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: about Cameroon.  There are reports — and I don't… I would assume the UN would be in some position to confirm or deny them — that there are Chadian soldiers at the… in the country at the request of the Paul Biya Government to help put down what they would call unrest in southern Cameroon.  There's also a video of a beheading of a… of an anglophone southern Cameroonian that's making the rounds.  I don't know if… again, I'm always cautious in looking at that, but it seems like things are getting pretty bad if people are being beheaded and there are foreign soldiers being brought in.  Does the UN… can it confirm either of the two things?  And does it have any… what is Mr. [Francois Lounceny] Fall doing?  Things seem to be significantly worse than they were two weeks, two days, two months ago. Spokesman:  No, we can't confirm these reports.  Mr. Fall is continuing with his work. I don't have any particular update on his work in Cameroon to share to you.  Of course, he's working in other countries as well, but he has been continuing with his contacts."  Contacts with whom? On February 6 in front of the UN Security Council, Inner City Press asked the United Kingdom's Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Allen for the UK's comment on Nigeria's forced repatriation of 47 to Cameroon. From the UK transcript: Inner City Press: Nigeria did a forced repatriation of 47 Cameroonian leaders. The UNHCR said it was illegal. The US has commented on it. Does the UK have any view? Amb Allen: I’m afraid I wasn’t aware of that before. I’ll have to get back to you on the details." Video here. Later in the day a Spokesperson for the UK Mission to the UN returned to Inner City Press with this, at the UK position: "We call on the Governments of Nigeria and Cameroon to adhere to their obligations under international law and, in particular, to refrain from the forcible return of asylum seekers.” And here's the US statement: "The United States condemns the ongoing violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, including the murder of two Cameroonian gendarmes in the North West Region village of Mbingo, a Cameroonian soldier outside of Bamenda on February 1, an electoral official of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) in Bangem, and the reported deaths of four civilians in Bemenda and Belo on February 2 and 3.  We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people of Cameroon.  We also call on the Government of Cameroon to respect the human rights, including due process, of the 47 Cameroonians forcibly returned from Nigerian custody to the Cameroonian authorities on January 26, and many of whom had reportedly submitted asylum claims in Nigeria.  We urge the Governments of Cameroon and Nigeria to adhere to their obligations under international law to refrain from forcible returns to asylum-seekers back to their countries of origin.  The 47 Cameroonians are now held in detention in Cameroon allegedly in connection with tension and violence in North West and South West Regions.  We expect the government of Cameroon to afford these and other individuals previously detained all the rights and protections enshrined in Cameroon’s constitution, consistent with the nation’s international obligations and commitments." Meanwhile the French government, which claims at the UN and elsewhere that human rights is in its DNA, has ignored the refoulement, limited its condemnation instead, via Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Von der Muhll, on "new killings of law enforcement officials that took place on 1 February in Cameroon." In Yaounde, France's Ambassador Gilles Thibault is focusing, like Reuters' ostensibly charitable arm, on the cultivation of pepper, see here. This is colonialism. On February 1, the UN refugee agency UNHCR finally answered Inner City Press' repeated questions, below. But at the UN noon briefing, even when Inner City Press specifically cited Guterres shameless golden statue moment and Amina J. Mohammed's Nigeria links, the UN passed the buck. From the UN transcript: Inner City Press: you had said two days ago, on the issue of these… this refoulement from Nigeria to Cameroon, to wait for UNHCR [Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees] to speak.  And they have spoken, and they've said that the law has been broken by Nigeria, sending back, they say, 47; some people involved say it's 51.  But, what I wanted… so, I wanted to know, at the Secretariat level, given its involvement and its call for dialogue in Cameroon, and number two, specifically, given that the Deputy Secretary-General was in Abuja when the abductions took place, according to you, has spoken to the Government about it, has been quoted in a speech she gave in South Africa as calling Mr. [Muhammadu] Buhari her President, what is her statement on Nigeria's refoulement of at least 47 and maybe 51? Spokesman:  I think we'll refer you to UNHCR.  UNHCR is in the lead on the issue of refugees and asylum-seekers and refoulement.  They have spoken.  We fully back what UNHCR has said. Inner City Press: But, how does it impact this… I mean, obviously…? Spokesman:  We continue to engage with the Cameroonian authorities, and our offers of helping them work out some of the issues in the Anglophone areas continues to stand.  I will come back to you." When? Today's UN is corrupt. Here was UNHCR: "Hi dear Matthew, Following up on my email, below is our statement on the issue: UNHCR condemns forced returns of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has learned with great concern of the forced return by Nigeria of 47 Cameroonians, who were handed over to the Cameroonian authorities on 26 January 2018. Most of the individuals in question had submitted asylum claims. Their forcible return is in violation of the principle of non-refoulement, which constitutes the cornerstone of international refugee law. The returns were carried out despite UNHCR’s efforts and engagement with the authorities. UNHCR reminds Nigeria of its obligations under international and Nigerian law, and urges the Nigerian Government to refrain from forcible returns of Cameroonian asylum-seekers back to their country of origin. We also urge the Government of Cameroon to ensure that the group is treated in accordance with human rights law and standards." Is this why UN Deputy SG Amina J. Mohammed has refused and avoided all questions from Inner City Press on this, including by using restrictions on the Press in "her UN, in support of "her" President and country? We'll have more on this. From the UN's January 31 transcript: Inner City Press: On Cameroon and Nigeria, you'd said to wait for the press release.  There is none. Spokesman:  I don't have anything.  We can check with UNHCR." But UNHCR's Babar Baloch, Inner City Press asked him again, replied: "Hi dear Mathew, Apologies for missing your yesterday’s email. We are indeed gathering all details on this incident. Will share with you once have the info. With best regards, Babar." The tone is nice, but what a failure for the UN system. After UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres accepted a golden statue from Cameroon's 35-year president Paul Biya in Biya's palace in Yaounde, Guterres again shook hands with Biya in Paris at the One Planet event, photo here; UN told Inner City Press no meeting was scheduled. After Guterres' envoy Francois Lounceny Fall equated secessionists with extremists, Inner City Press was informed that ten officials of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia declared on October 1 including Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe have been grabbed and disappeared -- while in Nigeria. On January 29, Inner City Press again asked Guterres spokesman about the detainees, and this time deputy spokesman Farhan Haq replied that the UN and Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed, a former Nigerian environment minister in Abuja at the time of the detentions, had made inquiries. Less than an hour later, Inner City Press was sent Cameroon's announcement that Ayuk Tabe and more than forty others have been transferred to Yaounde. A day after Inner City Press asked the UN in writing, Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric still had no answer at noon on January 30, except to wait for a UNHCR press release. Earlier on January 30, Inner City Press put the question to Amina J. Mohammed how did not answer, video here. Inner City Press on January 29 wrote to UNHCR's most senior spokespeople in Geneva, and those in Nigeria, "this is a Press request for comment and information regarding the reported refoulement / "repatriation" to Cameroon of Ayuk Tabe and more than 40 others to Yaounde, from Nigeria.UNHCR has said, in "Nigeria: Update on the Cameroon Arrivals, Issue #5 (24 January 2018)" that "For others still in detention, including the leadership of the pro-independence group, the government has agreed to grant UNHCR access for the determination of their status. The government has further reassured UNHCR that those detained would not be returned to Cameroon."  Now Cameroon Minister Bakary says they are back in Yaounde (attached). On deadline, as a matter of urgency given the context, this is a request for comment and explanation and action. Please confirm receipt." On January 30 from Abuja, UNHCR's Senior External Relations Officer Elizabeth Mpimbaza replied, "Dear Mr. Lee, Thank you for your email. UNHCR has seen the statement.  The government gave UNHCR  access to some of asylum seekers last week and we are seeking explanations through official channels." This interim response was followed, from Geneva, by an assignment of Inner City Press' question to the same UNHCR spokesperson who partially responded when a UNHCR staffer called for "harder repression" by Biya in Cameroon, still never fully explained by UNHCR. We will have more on this as soon as possible. Watch this site. Much earlier, still without substantive answer nine hours later, Inner City Press wrote to Guterres' spokesmen and deputy: "Today at the noon briefing, along with the confirmation that the Secretary General met with Omar al Bashir, Inner City Press' weeks-old question about what the UN has done about those detained in Abuja was belatedly responded to, with the statement that the UN including the Deputy Secretary General had made inquiries. Soon after the noon briefing I became aware of a document in which the Cameroon Minister of Information says that Ayuk Tabe and more than 40 others have been transferred - or refouled -- to Cameroon, see [here]. This is a formal request for comment on the legality of this transfer, separately on the political advisability of this transfer given UN envoy Fall's call for inclusive dialogue, and for all specifics of what the UN actually did about these detentions. On deadline, please confirm receipt." Receipt has been confirmed, and Inner City Press has presented to the UN what UNHCR said, about no sending back to Cameroon. Watch this site. On January 25 Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here Inner City Press: statistics of people that have fled Cameroon and Nigeria because of--  Spokesman [cutting in]:  Yeah, UNHCR has. Question:  …because of the crackdown.  Now local groups… aid groups in Nigeria said that, in fact, the number is three times what the UN's reported.  It's 43,000, not what the UN reported.  And they're saying that the UN is incorrectly only counting those who come through, like, on roads or on buses… Spokesman:  I mean, I… we'll check with our UNHCR colleagues.  They can obviously only count where they are, and I think they try to be as many places as possible, but we'll go back to UNHCR… Inner City Press: What is the UN actually doing to try to… I'm wondering, like, Mr. {Francois Lounceny} Fall, has he gone… has he spoken to Paul Biya?  Has anyone done anything on the underlying conflict? Spokesman:  Our contacts are continuing, and our efforts are continuing.  Thank you." No thanks.  On January 22, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: Since the Deputy Secretary-General was there, this controversy has been ongoing of leaders of southern Cameroons or Ambazonia being held in Nigeria.  And it's said today they were brought to court charged with running camps.  When she was there, did she learn anything about this?  Did she have any communications?  Because it's creating quite a…Spokesman:  "I understand.  As soon as I have something, I will share it with you." Then nothing, including when Inner City Press though still restricted put the question to Amina J. Mohammed, Vine video here. On January 19, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: I heard the Secretary-General when he said today that of course, he's worried about any situation where people could die, so I wanted to ask you again about the situation in the Anglophone areas of Cameroon.  There are now reports that military gunship helicopters have fired at farmers, saying that they are fighters, and there's a whole town that was burned down.  6,000 people have fled across the border into Nigeria, so what exactly is the UN doing in that situation? Spokesman:  Well, you know, we're following the situation, and our colleagues at UNHCR [Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees] have said today that the number of people fleeing the English-speaking areas of Cameroon into Nigeria is growing, and they're increasingly concerned about the plight of women and children among them.  We obviously share that concern.  Women and children are about 80 per cent of the 10,000 refugees so far registered in the eastern part of Nigeria, and this situation we're continuing to follow. Inner City Press:  And one other thing.  WFP [World Food Programme] has found in an audit that…  that they're not correctly protecting the personal data of the people whose data they take in order to provide aid to, that basically, it's all in a centralized database and it doesn't follow basic kind of safeguards.  I wanted to know:  Is there a UN systemwide as… as these… I know that there's biometrics.  There's all kinds of data being collected. Spokesman:  I'll check on this WFP report." Then, nothing. On January 16, Inner City Press asked Guterres directly, video here, UN transcript here: Q: Matthew Lee, Inner City Press, on behalf of the Free UN Coalition for Access, hoping for more question and answer in 2018... On Cameroon, you visited, I know, in late October. Since then, some Anglophone leaders have been arrested… or abducted in Nigeria, where I know your deputy was. I wanted to know what the UN system is doing about this now cross-border problem. SG Guterres:  "Well, as a matter of fact, in relation to that, we have done several initiatives, and some of them even led to the release of people, and we will go on engaging with all the states involved." So on January 18, two days later, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Dujarric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: I wanted to ask you again, because there have been… I don't know if it's true or not.  There have been some reports that, in her time in Nigeria, she did inquire in some way into the case of these ten Anglophones, Cameroonian leaders, abducted in Nigeria 12 days ago.  Is… and I know that the Secretary-General made some… made sort… he said generally that there are… Spokesman:  As I said, if I had an update, I would give one to you. Inner City Press:  What about the Global Compact?  You'd said that you would check with the Global Contact about China Energy Fund Committee -- Spokesman:  I would need to check on that." Hours later, nothing on either issue. Today's UN is corrupt. Inner City Press on January 15 asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: I want to… to ask you again about the… this now 10-day disappearance of southern Cameroonian leaders in Nigeria.  You know, each time you’ve said you’re unaware of it.  It’s getting more and more coverage.  It seems to be a regional issue.  And I noticed that… that the Deputy Secretary-General… now it says she’s on leave.  She was there for a week in Nigeria.  And I’m just wondering to ask you again, in that week, did she find the time to ask the Nigerian Government…Spokesman:  As I said, if I have anything on this, I willshare it with you. Inner City Press: Is Mr. [François Louncény] Fall doing anything?  I mean… Spokesman:  As I said, if I have something to share with you, I will." And then: nothing.From January 12, video here, UNtranscript here: Inner City Press: I wanted to ask you again.  Now, Amnesty International has spoken out about - it turns out it's 10 independence leaders of the anglophone regions of Cameroon as they've put it that were abducted in Nigeria more than a week ago, and they've said… Spokesman:  I don't have anything new on that. Inner City Press:  I guess… because I see pictures of Amina Mohammed with the Government of Nigeria and I'm just wondering has she brought it up to them? Spokesman:  I have nothing new on that at this point." This is the AI statement: "Ten leaders of the independence movement in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon could be at risk of torture and unfair trials if extradited from Nigeria, where they have been arrested and detained in secret for one week, Amnesty International said today. On 5 January, armed men in plain clothes stormed a hotel in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja where the activists, all members of the pro-independence Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC), were meeting, and arrested them without presenting a warrant or providing an explanation.  They are being held incommunicado, without any access to a lawyer, in contravention of Nigerian law which demands they must be seen by a judge within 48 hours. Human rights lawyers in Nigeria have said that an extradition request has been made by the Cameroonian government, but no details have been made public. “By holding these activists in secret, without charge, the Nigerian authorities are failing to respect both national and international law. If they are extradited to Cameroon, they risk an unfair trial before a military court and the deeply disturbing possibility of torture,” said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria." So where is the UN and Amina J. Mohammed? On tour with and praising Nigeria's government, of course. On January 11, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: I'd asked you on Monday about this abduction of nine southern Cameroon leaders in Abuja.  So, it's… they were taken out of a hotel, you know, by armed men.  So, I'm wondering… I was wondering even in Chamb… I was wanting to see if Mr. Chambas, who I know covers Nigeria… what's the UN system… you said that you're aware of it and trying to monitor it. Spokesman:  We have not seen any confirmation or not… we have… we're still looking at the situation, but we've not seen any official or been made aware of any official confirmation since the incident's happened. Inner City Press:  Well, The Guardian has a quote from a Nigerian official saying they did take them into… into custody, and there's a big concern that they'll be extradited to Cameroon but my question… Spokesman:  That's… that's… yeah.  Go ahead.  I… Inner City Press:  Since I've seen that Amina Mohammed's schedule says that she's in Abuja for the entire week, meeting with Government officials, it seems… I guess I'm asking you, did she… has she asked them if they're responsible?  It's a disappearance. Spokesman:  I have nothing else to add." Nothing. With Ayuk Tabe still "disappeared," Inner City Press is re-publishing a few of his responses to its questions back in November. Inner City Press asked him if he thought the "One Nigeria" policy of Antonio Guterres, his (Nigerian) Deputy SG Amina J. Mohammed and envoy Chambas impacts their view of Southern Cameroons / Ambazonia. Ayuk Tabe noted the lack of transparency for Guterres' meeting with Paul Biya in late October; when Inner City Press asked of Biya's Ambassador to the UN bragging about Amina J. Mohammed's position on Biafra, Ayuk Tabe replied that then she does not have the correct facts. Now in Abuja, she is silent. Reports including from Lagos indicate that Nigeria's Department of State Security is responsible - this while UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed, previously Buhari's environment minister signing 4000 certificates for endangered rosewood from Nigeria and Cameroon already in China, is in Abuja. Now the Lagos-based African Bar Association has written to Nigeria's Attorney General demanding, in 48 hours, the release of what it calls these Cameroonian refugees. One might think that Antonio Guterres, previously the head of the UN's refugee agency UNHCR and about to release, pre-spun, a migration report on January 11, would have something to say and more importantly do. But no - nothing. Total failure. There had been no answers from the UN, to Inner City Press' January 6 questions - so it asked at the January 8 UN noon briefing, video here, transcript here: Inner City Press: I wanted to ask you something… actually a couple of things that I'd asked you in writing on Saturday.  One has to do with the… the detention or abduction of disappearance of nine southern Cameroon… or Ambazonia or Anglophone leaders in Abuja.  They seem to have been taken out of a hotel where they were meeting, either by Cameroon forces or by Nigeria.  And I know the Deputy Secretary-General is in Abuja.  Maybe it's a coi… it's… I'm just wondering, given that the UN has called for dialogue and that these people have been locked up…?

Spokesman:  Her presence was scheduled in advance.  We're, obviously, aware of the reports.  We've not been able to get any official confirmation one way or another, and we're going to continue to monitor the situation.

Question:  I guess two que… one is, has Mr. [Francois Lounceny] Fall made any inquiries?  Number two, I understand that she'd obviously previously scheduled this week-long trip to Abuja, but given that she's meeting with senior Nigerian officials and given that there are reports that the Nigerian Department of State Security is responsible for…? Spokesman:  As I said, we're trying to get some sort of official confirmation one way or another, and we'll continue monitoring the situation." Monitoring?  So this is not a threat to international peace and security? Inner City Press has asked the spokespeople for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid "this is a request for UN OHCHR comment / action on the reported abduction of nine Southern Cameroonians in Abuja, Nigeria. Reportedly they were in a “meeting in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria at the time the Cameroun Gunmen showed up at the Hotel. The meeting started at around 5pm, Nigerian time. At around 7:30PM, the gunmen came into the Hotel and abducted all of them.” Please confirm receipt and all UN OHCHR action / comment." Inner City Press has formally asked Guterres three top spokespeople
the same. So far, nothing. When Inner City Press asked Nigeria's Buhari government's foreign minister about the crackdown just across his border, he mechanically expressed support to Biya, on Boko Haram. Cameroon's Ambassador told Inner City Press Guterres' deputy Amina J. Mohammed, who describes Buhari as "my president," would put his Biafra position to work on Cameroon(s). And now Amina J. Mohammed is IN Nigeria, for a full week. As Inner City Press noted on January 5, the UN said, "The Deputy Secretary-General will depart New York for Abuja, Nigeria on the 6th to have informal consultations on cross-regional issues with President Kagame as incoming Chair of the AU, and with the President of Nigeria.  She will also have meetings with the UN country team, and with senior Government officials of Nigeria. The Deputy Secretary-General will return to New York on 14 January." AmbGov says "in a High Command meeting in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria at the time the Cameroun Gunmen showed up at the Hotel. The meeting started at around 5pm, Nigerian time. At around 7:30PM, the gunmen came into the Hotel and abducted all of them [including] Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, Dr. Fidelis Nde Che, Dr. Henry Kimeng, Prof. Awasum, Dr. Cornelius Kwang, Mr. Tassang Wilfred, Barrister Eyambe Elias Dr. Ojong Okongho and Barrister Nalowa Bih." We'll have more on all this. On January 4, Inner City Press asked Guterres' Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: on François Fall.  The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Ms. Scotland, visited Cameroon, and she went, to Buea, she went to the region.  She issued a call for dialogue.  And so it made me wonder, and I wanted to ask you again, it doesn't seem that Mr. Fall, in his visits to Cameroon, has actually visited the Anglophone areas.  Has anyone in his team done so?  And is the UN… is his approach, such as it is, to Cameroon in any way taking into account or working with the Commonwealth under Article 8 or otherwise of the UN Charter? Deputy Spokesman: Well, he reaches out to different interlocutors as needed, including regional groups.  But Mr. Fall has also met with representatives of the Anglophone community.  He and his team have done so." When? With whom? Where is the golden statue? On December 29, Inner City Press asked Guterres' lead spokesman Stephane Dujarric and then his delegated spokesman Mathias Gillmann about, among other things, "the continued detention of now hospitalized opposition leader Mancho Bibixi" - with no answer at all. The year-end speech by Paul Biya said, "in the North-West and South-West Regions, socio-professional grievances, which the Government nonetheless strove to address adequately, were exploited by extremists seeking to impose their secessionist plans through violence" - nearly exactly what the UN's Francois Lounceny Fall, who ran from the Security Council without answer Press questions, says. On January 2, Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: I want to ask you about Cameroon and Liberia.  I'd asked you, over the holiday, there's been quite a lot of military action, including near the border of Nigeria, more refugees.  And I just wanted to know, did Mr. [Francois Lounceny] Fall, during this 10-day period, have any contacts?  Was there any… has the UN been following that?  Because things seem to actually be getting more militarized and more people killed in the towns I emailed you the names of. Deputy Spokesman:  He's following the situation, and he'll continue to engage with the authorities in Cameroon as well as the contacts he's made on this." Which contacts? Where is the golden statue? Guterres said he's issuing a "red alter to our world" for 2018, but in 2017 he helped give a green light to Biya's and others' crackdowns. On December 26, Patrice Nganang was taken from jail in Yaounde to flown out of the country and back to the US, his Cameroonian passport confiscated. The UN did nothing for him; at the UN last week when Inner City Press asked Cameroon's Ambassador about the release after more than two years of Ahmed Abba he smiled, in his way, and bragged that his government held him in jail more than two years. This is Biya's Cameroon. And this is Antonio Guterres' UN: on December 21, after Guterres' spokesman bragged about his record on human rights, Inner City Press asked him a follow up questions on Cameroon. From the UN transcript: Inner City Press: I think the Secretary-General has been very vocal in his defence of human rights.  I would refer you to his speech he delivered in London a few weeks ago on the need to ensure the full protection of human rights in the fight against terrorism.  He has spoken out in different fora, in different places, to different audiences, about the importance of human rights, the importance of free speech, the importance of an active and vibrant civil society.  I will leave it at that.  I don't… you know, obviously, you and your colleagues are free to analyse and dissect the relationships, but that's where we stand on it. Inner City Press  One last just very specific on that.  In the sense that you're saying very… very, you know, active on human rights, can you say a number… how many people… whether it's the Secretariat or, to your knowledge, the… the… the High Commissioner, how many people do they think have been actually… civilians have been killed in the Anglophone areas of Cameroon? The last number I heard out of the UN was ten, and media put the number… much higher than that. Spokesman:  I don't have… I don't have… I don't have… I don't have an updated number." Of course not. Guterres is on vacation until January 3. As of December 19 it seems clear Guterres has not lifted a finger on the case of journalist Patrice Nganang, jailed by Biya for ten days and counting. Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman at the December 15 UN noon briefing, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: wanted to ask you again about… about the journalist clocked up in Cameroon for ten days now, Patrice Nganang, who was, you know… basically had investigated the Anglophone areas and was picked up from the airport in Douala, is in jail, charged with insulting or threatening the president.  Has the UN done anything on that? Spokesman:  I don't have an update on the case in Cameroon." Later on December 15, Guterres was slated to be sold for $1200 a table at a Wall Street fundraiser; we'll have more on this. When Guterres' envoy Francois Lounceny Fall briefed the UN Security Council on December 13, he lumped Boko Haram and "the Anglophone separatist movement" in the same sentence. On UN Radio, Fall has equated secessionists with extremists. On December 13 he said "clashes have continued between radicals and government forces resulting in the death of security officers in the North-West and South-West regions likely to further inflame tensions." Wait, security officers were the only ones, even as implied here the first ones, to be killed? Inner City Press at noon on December 13, after Fall ran past it at the stakeout saying he had another meeting, asked UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq about it, UN transcript here and below. On December 14, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Haq again about Fall, who is failing on the Lord's Resistance Army (and Gabon) as well, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: I'd asked you yesterday about whether Mr. [Francois Lounceny] Fall would answer questions, and many… given… after his briefing yesterday, many people, in looking at the paragraph on Cameroon, in particular, have many questions about it.  He referred to clashes between radicals.  And so people want to know, in the same way that he called secessionists extremists, what he meant by radicals.  I guess I'm just wondering, is he still in New York?  I know he was here Monday through Wednesday.  And is there some way to get him to clarify why… for example, the refugee flows into Nigeria are not mentioned in his report and sort of what he's actually doing on this issue? Deputy Spokesman:  Well, it's certainly his call whether he wants to come to the press.  He chose not to do that yesterday, but he did have an open briefing, and we provided the contents of he said.  Hold on.  Hold on. [Cutting Press off. Later:] Inner City Press: I'd wanted… also, one of the sections of Mr. Fall's briefing was about the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and after his briefing, so it's not addressed in it, the US has announced new sanctions against two members of the LRA, particularly in connection with the Central African Republic.  This is a major part of his mandate, but it's confined to one paragraph of his briefing.  That's, I guess, why I'm, again, asking you.  Is there some way for him to respond to the issues unaddressed or that arose after yesterday's presentation? Deputy Spokesman:  Well, like I said, we'll reach out and see whether he wants to or intends to speak to the press.  Ultimately, that's his decision." And a bad one. A fish rots from the head. From the December 13 transcript: Inner City Press:  I wanted to ask you about Cameroon. Can we get Mr. François Fall to have a stakeout or some kind of media availability?  He came out of the Council just now and ran by.  He didn't answer a question on Patrice Nganang, nor did he answer about… basically, his briefing seems to conclude with the death of security officers, which has taken place, but absolutely nothing on the death of civilians.  So, I wanted to know, can you give a little bit more flavor beyond the paragraph in his open briefing?  And will he make himself available at a stakeout or in some other way while he's in New York?  And, finally, I did… there's a photo of António Guterres with Paul Biya, I guess, on the steps of the Élysée Palace.  Do you have any readouts of any of his meetings at that One Planet Summit? Deputy Spokesman:  No, he did not have a meeting with President Biya, nor was one scheduled.  I believe he met with Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, to discuss climate change issues.  We don't have any extensive readouts because there wasn't a large number of meetings with Heads of State or Government.  And, regarding Mr. Fall, of course, it's his determination whether he wants to do a press availability, but we've raised that before. Inner City Press: Can you then ask him whether he raised, in the… in the consultations anything to do with press freedom in Cameroon?  Because one of the participants in the… in the… in the… in the consultations said basically that he didn't.  It's not in his briefing.  And, obviously, there are not only… not just the one I've asked about, journalists detained, still restrictions on the Internet, and it's nowhere in his briefing.  So, is there something outside of the Security Council process that he's doing, or… or is he doing nothing on that? Deputy Spokesman:  Well, he's in touch with the Member States bilaterally, as well as through the Council, but regarding the public record, we've provided the actual remarks that he delivered in the Security Council." We'll have more on this - Fall did not mention press freedom, detentions like that of Patrice Nganang or the cut off and slowing down of the Internet and social networks.  On December 12, when Inner City Press asked UN spokesman Farhan Haq for the fourth time about Biya's imprisonment of Stonybrook profession Patrice Nganang, Haq had a prepared statement ready, calling for due process and offering the UN's "good offices" for dialogue, in the person of Francois Fall.  Fall will brief the Security Council on December 13 and a source who has seen his remarks in advance tells Inner City Press the word "Anglophone" is in there.  But Fall has equated secessionists with extremists, and has said that even Federalism is off the table. These are bad offices. There were threats of prosecution against people who refuse to celebrate Biya's 35 years in power. Photo of letter here. So is this was Guterres celebrates, under the Guterres Doctrine? What is the relation to the illegal lumber exports signed off on by Guterres' Deputy, Amina J. Mohammed in the #RosewoodRacket? There were threats to Inner City Press' accreditation at the UN, here. And in Cameroon, worse - and tellingly, the UN's partners even find a way to report on Biya's censorship without naming the UN as complicit. But the UN is complicit. After Paul Biya detained Stonybrook professor Patrice Nganang for his reporting from the Anglophone zones, Inner City Press twice asked the UN about it, with only evasions, video here. On December 11, Inner City Press asked for a third time, and also about Guterres meeting Biya in Paris. Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq replied, "I'm checking with our colleagues in Political Affairs about what response we have.  Once we have something to say, I'll let you know." Again without attribution and again misrepresenting the UN's long inaction, Newsday reported that "a spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he had not heard back from UN officials in the department of political affairs about Nganang's case, so UN officials had no new information about the case Monday. But Guterres, in October, condemned an outbreak of violence in the English speaking minority areas of Cameroon." An outbreak of violence? Guterres has done nothing, except take one and now maybe two golden statues, and rush back to be honored and sold by such scribed on December 15. We'll have more on this. From the UN's December 11 transcript: Inner City Press: in the lead-up to this One Planet Summit in Paris, the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, has said that he's received invitations to speak there or meet there with President [Emmanuel] Macron and António Guterres.  That's what he said.  So, I… what I wanted to know is, if… if… if that's true, what… I've asked you last week and Stéphane [Dujarric] about for example, the case of Patrice Nganang, who's now… it's become a pretty… pretty well-covered case with human rights groups saying, how could this writer and professor who is reporting on the Anglophone areas be detained by the Government?  What would be… is it… can you confirm that António Guterres has asked to meet with Paul Biya?  And, if so, would this issue or the Anglophone issue generally be on the agenda? Deputy Spokesman:  Well, as with… as is normally the case, when the Secretary-General travels, if he holds meetings with other world leaders, we'll try to get the readouts of them.  Stéphane [Dujarric] is there with the Secretary-General, and we'll be in touch with him to make sure that any of these meetings happen, and we'll try to provide details. Inner City Press: On that issue that I asked you about last week, one media report that came out based on your answer said that the UN said it was concerned but neither confirmed that it was aware of or doing anything about the case.  I know Mr. [Francois Lounceny] Fall is in the building today.  Has anyone in the UN system reached out to the Government to ask about the status of this professor who visited to look into the Anglophone issue? Deputy Spokesman:  "I'm checking with our colleagues in Political Affairs about what response we have.  Once we have something to say, I'll let you know." On December 7, Inner City Press asked UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: on Cameroon?  Stéphane [Dujarric] had said the UN was trying to figure out what President Paul Biya has said.  Since that time, there's said to be… many people have left the region where they were told that they'll be viewed as collaborators if they don't leave.  And now a writer, Patrice Nganang, has been disappeared from Douala Airport.  He's a professor here at Stony Brook, and he went and reported on the Anglophone region and was taken off his flight and whatever.  It seems to be a pretty… Many people are saying that somebody needs to get involved.  I wonder if Mr. [Francois Lounceny] Fall is aware of it.  Has the UN system taken note of the disappearance of this journalist? Deputy Spokesman:  Obviously everyone who is in Cameroon or traveling to Cameroon, if there are any problems that occur during their travels, that needs to be investigated thoroughly by the local authorities.  We certainly hope and expect that this particular person will be found, and we're hopeful that nothing untoward has happened.  But… Inner City Press: What if the authorities are at fault? Deputy Spokesman:  We'll have to see what happens, but first and foremost they need to investigate what's happened." The next day December 8, Inner City Press asked again, this time to Guterres' lead spokesman Dujarric, transcript here: Inner City Press: I asked yesterday Farhan [Haq] about the Cameroonian Government’s detention of a US based writer and activist, Patrice Nganang, and now it’s become… giving that he sort of disappeared off a plane, many groups including PEN and various press freedom groups are speaking about it.  I’m wondering if the UN is using any of its access for the Cameroonian Government to ask where this writer may have been taken? Spokesman: "I will check." Video here. Hours later, nothing. Check what? Now CPJ put out a statement, not naming the UN where it is so happy to have been accredited that it said NOTHING when the Press was evicted and remains restricted; also a story by Associated Press, which has never at the UN asked any question about the abuses in Cameroon. Even more telling, because a two-step, Newsday ran an initial story without attribution or context that said, "Farhan Haq, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said Thursday that he hoped Nganang is safe but did not say whether the UN itself was aware of the detention or whether it would intervene." Photo here. Then a subsequent versions dropped the UN entirely, and its responsibility. This is how the UN of Guterres has gotten as UNaccountable as it is: it cultivates this type of (non) coverage. We'll have more on this. Upon Paul Biya's return from the African Union - EU summit in Abidjan he has "declared war" on what he calls secessionist terrorists in Ambazonia or Southern Cameroons. Inner City Press asked the UN about it and UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric only said they are "still looking at" or studying what Biya said. Now orders have been issued for civilians to "relocate" and for business people to stop working. See order here. This echoes what the UN's Francois Fall said, on Alison Smale's UN Radio no less, that secessionists are extremists and even Federalism is not on the table. On December 4, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, Persicope video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: On Cameroon, Friday you said that the UN is still looking exactly at what the president, Paul Biya, said.  What he said is that… basically a crackdown in the Anglophone areas.  Since that briefing, an order issue telling people to relocate, telling civilians with no relation to the standoff that they will be viewed as secessionists and/or terrorists.  This issue, this order is public, and it's online.  Also, a journalist has faced death threats for having testified at a Human Rights Council thing in Geneva about minorities.  So what I wanted to know is have you now, after this time, looked exactly at what was said, and what is the UN's comment on the president's escalation… his comments…? Spokesman:  I haven't seen the order you referred to myself.  What is clear is that we continue to urge all parties that have grievances to address those through legal and peaceful dialogue and we stand ready to help on that.  Obviously, it is important that journalists or anyone, as a matter of principle, journalists or anyone who speaks to the Human Rights Council be able to do so free of any intimidation.  Inner City Press: Is it legitimate under international law to order civilians out of an area, saying you'll be viewed as a collaborator if you do not leave? Spokesman:  "I will take a look.  I have not seen the specific order." Hours later, nothing. In fact, Dujarric ran out of the The UN has thrown gasoline on this conflict, far from engaging in the preventative diplomacy that Antonio Guterres, when running for his post, said he was about. In the UN, he and his Deputy Amina J. Mohammed have kept up Press restrictions and censorship. On December 1 Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric about Biya's comment. Dujarric said the UN is still trying to study them - it's not hard, they're on YouTube, here - and said the last time Guterres spoke with Biya was in October (that is, over the golden statue). Now what? In Bamenda, local journalist Elvis McCarty (some say Elvis Macarty) was reportedly roughed up by Paul Biya's security forces, the tools of his journalistic trade confiscated and/or broken, with him being accused of being a secessionist - or, as the UN's Francois Fall has put it, an "extremist." And while Guterres and his envoy Failing Fall purport to urge dialogue in CameroUN on "the Anglophone issue," when the issue was raised in Parliament in Yaounde, there was a walk-out. some dialogue. Meanwhile the Swiss government has responded in a November 17 letter obtained and published by Inner City Press to issues raised by Southern Cameroonians there. On November 21, Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press:  I wanted to ask a question about Cameroon.  In the south-west region, a video emerged basically of authorities ordering people out of their cars and to walk on their knees, very much to humiliate them, etc.  And so, people… one, they've wondered, like, what's the status of the UN's call for dialogue since they don't see this as dialogue?  And, number two, they've seen that the Swiss ambassador has said publicly that he visited the area and is very concerned.  So, the question, I guess, I had is whether François Fall, in his various visits… has he actually gone to those regions of the country?  Does he have an intention to go?  Has he requested to go but been rebuffed?  How can it be that the ambassador of a country based in Yaoundé has more… has greater access than the UN… UNOCA [United Nations Office in Central Africa] representative? Spokesman:  "Well, Mr. Fall works out his itinerary with the authorities as he can.  Whenever we have further travel for him… by him to announce, we will." Well. Meanwhile another part of the UN system -- independent experts whom the UN Secretariat emphasizes are NOT the UN -- has belatedly spoken out where Guterres, Amina "Rosewood" Mohammed and Francois Fall have not. But then Fall essentially undercut the experts, focusing on attacks on security forces and... territorial integrity. Here's from Failing Fall's UNOCA: "The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) continues to closely monitor the situation in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon... Mr. François Louncény Fall seizes this opportunity to recall the commitment of the United Nations to the territorial integrity and unity of Cameroon." On November 17, Inner City Press asked Antonio Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, Tweeted video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: this François [Louncény] Fall statement.  And the reason I'm asking is that, as you may know five experts of Geneva-based special rapporteurs, including on freedom of expression, defense of human right defenders and others, issued a statement. The statement is largely focused on abuses by the Government of Anglophones, censorship, turning off social media.  They have a[n artificially low] death figure.  They talk about torture.  I know that they're not part of the UN system.  They do give briefings in this room.  They are appointed by the Human Rights Council.  What's the relationship between human rights experts saying the Government is killing Anglophones and François Fall saying territory is important and gendarmes have been killed? It seems like they're two opposing statements. Spokesman:  A, I don't think they're in contradiction of each other, and everybody has a different role within the wide and varied UN system.  The special rapporteurs, as you do note, are independent from the Secretariat and the Secretary-General, appointed by the Human Rights Council.  They are an extremely important part of the UN's human rights mechanism and, as a matter of principle, countries should cooperate with these human rights experts.  I'm not privy to their research or how they get their information.  As I said, they're independent.  We have over the past months, expressed our concern at the violence.  We've expressed our concern at the lack of Internet access.  The basic message that Mr. Fall and that the Secretary-General have reiterated is the fact that the situation in these two regions will best be addressed by an inclusive and genuine political dialogue. Inner City Press: I want to ask one follow-up.  And I asked you before, but I think you'll see the need to actually answer it now.  Mr. François Fall, in an interview played on UN Radio, said that secessionists are extremists and that federalism, which used to be the status of this area, is off the table.  Number one, that's why people don't see him as a credible mediator, but more importantly, the equation of nonviolent secessionists with extremists is exactly the logic that the Government uses to kill people from helicopter gunships, so that's why I'm asking you.  It seems like some of the problems that the human rights experts are criticizing are, in fact… I don't want to say caused by Mr. Fall's statement, but in some way resonant with the logic of… of saying that anyone that says we should be independent is an extremist and should be shot at from a helicopter. Spokesman:  "I don't agree with your logic, and I don't think in any way, shape, or form Mr. Fall should be blamed for what is going on in the country." So why did Failing Fall equate secessionists with extremists? And how can he remain Guterres' envoy to Cameroon? Where is the golden statue? Here is the Experts' full text: "GENEVA (17 November 2017) - The Government of Cameroon must engage representatives of the Anglophone population in a meaningful political dialogue and halt renewed violence in the south-west and north-west, where the country’s English-speaking minority are reportedly suffering worsening human rights violations, a group of UN experts has warned. “We urge the Government to adopt all necessary measures consistent with Cameroon’s human rights obligations to end the cycle of violence,” the experts said in a joint statement.  Up to 17 people have reportedly been killed, and dozens wounded and arrested in demonstrations in the country’s Anglophone regions since 1 October.  The experts are disturbed by reports of a series of measures taken by the national authorities, including curfews, a ban on public meetings, and other restrictions aimed at preventing peaceful protests. Excessive use of force by the security services, injuries, mass arrests, arbitrary detentions, torture and other ill-treatment have also been reported.  Freedom of expression has been reportedly limited by the blocking of internet connections and of access to social media platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook, which a UN expert has previously condemned. “These restrictions must stop immediately, and the Government must ensure a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into all allegations of human rights violations perpetrated during and after the events of 1 October. The Government must take effective measures to prosecute and sanction all those responsible for such violations.” The appeal for action comes nearly a year after UN experts publicly urged the Government to halt violence against the English-speaking minority, following reports that Anglophone protesters in Buea and Bamenda had suffered undue force.  The experts also denounced any use of violence against members of the security forces, after reports that several were killed last week.  Since December 2016, the experts have repeatedly raised concerns directly with the Government of Cameroon and continue to monitor and seek clarification of the alleged human rights violations in the north-west and south-west of the country.  Ms. Annalisa Ciampi, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Mr. José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Chair-Rappourteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Ms. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Mr. Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues." What next? When will the UN's Failing Fall go see the Anglophone areas for himself, or be replaced? As Inner City Press asked the UN about on November 16, more than 46,000 people have so far petitioned Guterres to investigate and act on Mohammed's actions with respect (or disrespect) to natural resources in rosewood in Nigeria and Cameroon. But as on Cameroon, Guterres refuses so far to act. Meanwhile in the South West Region, there is a curfew and demand to register and give "weapons" to the government. On November 13, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: over the weekend, in Cameroon, in both the northwest and southwest, there was a collection apparently in light of not only armaments, rifles and handguns, but even hoes and cutlasses, it said, basically a total disarmament and… and… impinging on even farming work by people.  And I'm wondering, given that François Fall is… calls for a dialogue, what… is the UN aware of this?  There are written orders online that you can see telling people to turn all of these things in… Spokesman:  "I have nothing on these reports as of now." Nor six hours later.  On November 9, Inner City Press asked UN official Najat Rochdi, who was the head of the UN system in Cameroon until earlier this year and is now its deputy in the Central African Republic where Guterres just visited before Cameroon, if Guterres had spoken to her at all about Cameroon. No, she said, he had wanted to optimize his time. Video here. So apparently Guterres gets his information, and gold statues, from Paul Biya, or from Khassim Diagne, who was part of Rochdi's system. It is  closed loop, and a total failure. On November 8, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric (drawing a response of sorts, that "The Anglophones have been doing some shooting today"), UN transcript here: Inner City Press: on Cameroon, I know that there was a call by François [Lounceny] Fall and, I guess, the Secretary-General for dialogue with the “Anglophone regions”.  It's reported in the press in Yaoundé that the Government has sought international arrest warrants for 15 Anglophone leaders, and I'm wondering if that would be viewed as consistent with this call for dialogue and, if not, if the UN has anything to say about it. Spokesman Dujarric:  I don't have any information on those arrest warrants.  We, obviously, continue to call for calm and reiterate the availability of the UN to support the search for a lasting solution in the Anglophone provinces.  And we call on the… also on the authorities to ensure maximum restraint by security forces.  Evelyn? Evelyn Leopold: Yes.  I think the Anglophones did some shooting today." Video here; Leopold is retired from Reuters, still demands first questions at UN press conferences "on behalf of the United Nations Correspondents Association," wihch will charge money for an event with Antonio Guterres in mid-December - we will have more on this. On November 7 Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Duajrric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: I wanted to ask you two questions about Cameroon.  One is, since the Secretary-General's visit, one, there's a… there are reports of a crackdown in a place called Jakiri, where one gendarme was killed, and now basically everyone is being told there will be collective punishment unless a gun is turned over.  And I wanted to know, is Mr. [François Louncény] Fall… who… after the visit, who's keeping track of it?  Also, bigger picture maybe, the… the Cross River State Governor in Nigeria, Ben Ayade, has said that the border has essentially been closed for people fleeing the Cameroon… the anglophone region of Cameroon, and I wanted to know whether that's something that either Mr. Fall or on the… you know, UNHCR is aware of. Spokesman:  UNHCR, you can check with them.  I will… I don't have anything on… more on Cameroon. Inner City Press: if Mr. Fall was there on the trip… he wasn't in the photograph with the…Spokesman:  He was there.  We already said he was there. Inner City Press: All right.  So what was the… was any plan reached for continued work…? Spokesman:  If there's a further visit that he's able to make, we will announce it." Nothing.  On November 6, Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, UN transcript here: Inner City Press:has to do with Cameroon, where the Secretary-General stopped, met President [Paul] Biya.  Today, they're celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary of his accession to power.  And a letter's emerged that orders all Government employees to participate in the ceremony marking the thirty-fifth year in power of Paul Biya, saying, basically, names should be provided, and they will be punished for not.  Given… I guess I'm just wondering, is the Sec… was the Secretary-General, when he stopped, when he took this golden statue, what did… was he aware of this?  What does he think of… is it… is it permissible, from the UN's point of view, for a Government to order its civil servants to mark the thirty-fifth year in power of a leader or face punishment, or should this be discouraged?  And does he have any comment on it? Deputy Spokesman:  Obviously, people everywhere have the right to freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly.  Those freedoms need to be respected in all circumstances.  Regarding the gift, Stéphane [Dujarric] made very clear to you that's a standard protocol gift — which happens in many different countries and contexts." The UN delivered a threat to Inner City Press to “review” it accreditation on October 20, using as its pretext an undefined violation with Periscope in UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' 38th floor conference room, and publishing audio from a UN stakeout, citing Cameroon. On October 31 at the UN Security Council stakeout, Cameroon's Ambassador approached Inner City Press and issued his own threat. Of the UN's 38th floor, he demanded of Inner City Press, "Who asked you to go to 38? I'm going to call, say for Matthew not to go upstairs. You've started... asking nasty questions." On November 2, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric about it, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: a statement made by Cameroon's Permanent Representative to me at the Security Council stakeout, in a public area, saying, on 38, "Who asked you to be up there?  I'm going to make a call to make sure Matthew is not up there anymore.  You ask nasty questions."  So my question to you is, if a Member State, in this case a Member State that is subject to questions, nasty or not, were to call the 38th floor and say, I want a particular media to not be up there, why are [they] up there — what would be the response from the 38th floor?  I ask because I've gotten an accreditation threat for being up there.  That's why it’s strange… Spokesman:  Well, I think you're mixing… you know, if an event is open to the press, to the wider press, then everybody is welcome.  We are not… journalists here have to do their job.  There are obviously restrictions placed, depending on the event, but I guess the answer would be no.  Thank you." This from the UN Spokesman who threw Inner City Press out of the UN Press Briefing and then from its office, keeping it still restricted. This is today's UN. But can Inner City Press publish this threat, meant to hinder or prevent coverage of mass killing and displacement of Anglophones, without the UN's Department of Public Information's censorship machinery moving to review its accreditation, or using it as its rationale for continuing to keep Inner City Press from its long time office, keep it restricted in movement? DPI boss Alison Smale said she saw the need to respond to petitions to restore Inner City Press to its office and normal access - then her Department issued its October 20 threat. Now this. Watch this site - audio here.  Be aware: the audio is from Smale's own DPI. This UN has become disgusting.  The UN official who signed the letter, when Inner City Press went to ask about the undefined violation of live-streaming Periscope video at a photo op by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, had already left, minutes after sending the threat. What to make of the letter's vague statement, "filming and recording on the 38th floor are limited to official photo opportunities, and recording conversations of others in the room is not permitted. It has been brought to our attention that you breached that rule recently"? It's not only vague as to when, but absurd: once a Periscope is authorized to start streaming, it is impossible to not record someone who speaks loudly at the photo op. This comes two days after Inner City Press asked Guterres about the UN inaction on threatened genocide in Cameroon, and the UN claimed Guterres hadn't heard the 15-second long question.  Recently at a photo op, Guterres' adviser on Cameroon Khassim Diagne spoke loudly. Inner City Press later reported, based on sourcing, that Diagne who was previously the representative to Cameroon for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency Guterres ran, speaks in favor of Cameroon's government. Is this letter a response to the reporting? Is it retaliation? Is it intimidation to stop reporting on this threatened genocide? We can't ask the complainant, Maher Nasser: after the threat was delivered, he blocked Inner City Pres on Twitter, here.

  It also comes after Alison Smale the head of the Department of Public Information which would “review” Inner City Press' accreditation has ignored three separate petitions from Inner City Press in the six weeks she has been in the job, urging her to remove restrictions on Inner City Press' reporting which hinder its coverage of the UN's performance in such crises as Yemen, Kenya, Myanmar, and the Central African Republic where Guterres travels next week, with Smale's DPI saying its coverage of the trip will be a test of its public relations ability. But the UN official who triggered the complaint is Maher Nasser, who filled in for Smale before she arrived.

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His complaint is that audio of what he said to Inner City Press as it staked out the elevators in the UN lobby openly recording, as it has for example with Cameroon's Ambassador Tommo Monthe, here, was similarly published

A UN “Public Information” official is complaining about an article, and abusing his position to threaten to review Inner City Press' accreditation. The UN has previously been called out for targeting Inner City Press, and for having no rules or due process. But the UN is entirely UNaccountable, impunity on censorship as, bigger picture, on the cholera it brought to Haiti. And, it seems, Antonio Guterres has not reformed or reversed anything. This threat is from an official involved in the last round of retaliation who told Inner City Press on Twitter to be less "negative" about the UN - amid inaction on the mass killing in Cameroon - and who allowed pro-UN hecking of Inner City Press' questions about the cholera the UN brought to Haiti and the Ng Lap Seng /John Ashe UN bribery scandal which resulted in six guilty verdicts. We'll have more on this.


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