Ignores War Criminal, Mulls Disclosing Sex Abuse Outcomes, Tries
Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, May 20 – Despite written evidence that indicted war
criminal Jean-Bosco Ntaganda serves as Deputy Coordinator of the
Congolese Army's operation Kimia II in the Kivus, chief UN
peacekeeper Alain Le Roy on Wednesday said he hasn't seen this
evidence, while acknowledging that Bosco is “in the area.” Inner
City Press, which on May 11 sent the evidence to Alan Doss, the head
of the UN's Mission in the Congo (MONUC), later on May 20 sent it to
Mr. Le Roy and his spokesmen, asking on deadline for a response on
this, if Nepali
APCs finally reached Darfur, and about Irish soldiers serving the
UN in Chad. As
of midnight, none had been received.
Roy acknowledged that there are in the Congolese Army, which with
MONUC works, “some elements behave in a very terrible way.” What
does the UN do? It raises to issue to the government in Kinshasa, led
by Joseph Kabila. So far without effect, it must be said.
when asked by Inner City Press if he will made public what Troop
Contributing Countries actually do with peacekeepers sent home
charged with sexual abuse, Le Roy said that his unit, DPKO, doesn't
get enough information, but that he'll push for more. Will the
information be made public? “I will discuss it with the home
countries,” Le Roy said. “I think it is a good idea.” We'll
see. Video here
from Minute 13:05.
UN's Le Roy on May 20, response on Bosco memo
and APCs not yet shown
Roy argued that the number of complaints of sexual abuse and
exploitation by peacekeepers has decreased from 357 in 2006 to 83 in
2008. But as pointed out by Colum Lynch of the Washington Post, soon
to close its UN bureau, the UN's numbers are cooked because in 2006
it counted individuals, while in 2007 and 2008 it counted incidents.
Is the decrease due to gang rapes? Le Roy promised a more substantial
study, of which Inner City Press has requested a copy.
City Press asked about the follow-through on then Secretary General
(and former DPKO chief) Kofi Annan's 2006 pledge to not use Fijian
peacekeepers unless democracy was restored there. Le Roy said that
the Fijians are needed in Iraq. Inner City Press asked, are you
trying to replace them? Yes, Le Roy said, but so far there are no
pledges. Video here,
from Minute 40.
Nigeria 27 soldiers who served as UN peacekeepers were not paid,
mutinied and have been given life sentences. Inner City Press asked
Le Roy what he does to make sure peacekeepers get paid. I am going to
Nigeria, Le Roy said, adding that troop contributing counties are
sovereign and are free to pay or not pay to soldiers the money the UN
gives them. But does the UN have to keep paying countries like Fiji,
or now, Nigeria? Watch this site.
May 13 Inner City Press debate on Sri Lanka, here
Ambulance aflame in "No Fire" Zone, May 13, 2009
In the final week of
fighting we ran this message, from Dr. Sathiyamoorthy
Sir / Madam,
battle started since 5.30 am. Many wounded civilians were brought to
hospital and hospital is not providing services because hospital was
under shell attack. Few staff reported duty. nearly thousand patients
are waiting to get daily treatment. But even simple wound
dressing and giving antibiotics problems. So many wounded have to
die. In the ward among patients many death bodies are there.
Looking hospital seen and
hearing the civilians cry really disaster. Did
they make any mistake do the world by the innocent. But the
important sta[keholders] are just listening the situation and not
helping the people.
director of Health Services
(Now at No Fire Zone)
From the UN's
May 18 noon briefing transcript:
City Press: on Mr. Nambiar. Can you say whether while he is there
the issue...there are some saying that there are many people that are
now injured in the (inaudible) care in what had been called the no
fire zone; and that the ICRC has no access. Is this something
that...is this in the case there some doctors who used to report on
the casualty figures who have gone missing as reported in the
Guardian and the Independent. Are these issues, I mean you mentioned
he’s talking about the IDPs instead of post-conflict; what about
people that are actually at this moment sort of dying without medical
Spokesperson Okabe: Well, that’s the subject that I think John
Holmes is going to come and talk to you about right now.
City Press: Burt can you say whether Mr. Nambiar, I guess I am just
wondering... -- John Holmes is not there, Mr. Nambiar is -- is this
an issue that the UN is urgently raising with the Government or not?
Spokesperson Okabe: The Chef de Cabinet’s visit, as we mentioned
to you, focuses exactly on the same issues that I just mentioned;
which are the United Nations’ and the Secretary-General’s
concern. Now, obviously the immediate humanitarian needs on the
ground are the utmost priority for all of us.
what about the doctors?
May 7, Inner City Press
asked Associate UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq:
City Press: I wanted to ask about this invitation that’s been made
to the Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka. First I wanted to ask
if on Monday when he met with the Ambassador of Japan, whether he was
briefed on a visit by Mr. [Yasushi] Akashi to Sri Lanka and was urged
by Japan that he should take this visit. And I also wanted to know
whether he would be in New York 11 May for the Middle East debate,
and 15 May to meet with the Chinese diplomats, that in fact this is
one reason that he is considering not going, as I have been told by
senior Secretariat staff.
Spokesperson Haq: Well, first of all, we don’t announce the trips
of the Secretary-General until they are close to occurring. And in
that regard, I don’t have anything to announce about a trip to Sri
Lanka at this stage. At the same time, as Michèle told you
yesterday, and is still true for today, if the Secretary-General
believes that visiting Sri Lanka can have an impact in terms of
saving lives there, he will certainly try to go. So he is
considering that. But part of what he is studying is what the impact
of a potential trip would be.
City Press: But if he had that belief, that would be without regard
to attending the 11 May Middle East thing or the 15 May meeting with
the Chinese diplomats? I am told that’s a major factor in his
Spokesperson: Scheduling is a separate issue. What we’re talking
about is the decision of whether or not to go. And certainly if he
can make a difference and can save civilian lives, which is what his
priority has been on this case, then he will go. At present, we
don’t have anything to announce at all in this regard, though.
Question: Just one last
one on that. I wanted to know, can you at least
confirm that he met with Ambassador Takasu on Monday in his office
inside the Security Council? Can you give a read-out of that meeting
and say why it wasn’t on his public schedule?
Spokesperson: I can confirm that he met with the Permanent
Representative of Japan. He did that, yes. It was in his office in
the Security Council. We don’t provide readouts of meetings with
Question: And why wasn’t
it on the schedule?
Spokesperson: It came up all of a sudden when he had a bit of free
time in between other appointments on a fairly hectic day.
May 8, Inner City Press asked Deputy
City Press: On the invitation by the Government of Sri Lanka to the
Secretary-General to visit, is there any progress in thinking? In
the alternative, is the Secretary-General, is he considering invoking
Article 99 or responsibility to protect or making some other move of
some type on the situation in Sri Lanka?
Spokesperson: I have nothing beyond what we’ve been saying from
this podium this week on Sri Lanka, including what the
Secretary-General himself has said earlier this week.
What Ban said
did not involve calling for a cease-fire. Watch this site.
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