Sits on S. Kordofan Report Until August, Silent on Mass Graves, Sudan
Blocks Visas to Abyei for Rights Monitors
July 28 -- The UN's report on
war crimes in Southern
Kordofan, including inaction by UN peacekeepers, won't be released
until “the first days of August,” Inner City Press was told
Thursday by Ivan Simonovic, the New York representative of UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
Simonovic said it would be released in two weeks. After that, Inner
City Press put a
copy of it online, here. Still the UN calls it a
“leaked” report that is being edited. Will the portions critical
of UNMIS peacekeepers be excised?
told Inner City Press he asked the Security Council for support of
visa request for civilian supporters of the new UNISFA force of
Ethiopian soldiers in Abyei.
Sudanese diplomat praised Simonovic to Inner City Press, quoting
Simonovic as saying he "has no mandate" in Southern Kordofan.
question is who in the UN would be held responsible for inaction by
UN peacekeepers in Abyei and then Southern Kordofan.
A day after
former UNMIS force commander Moses Obi refused to answer questions
referred to him by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the
overall UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told Inner City Press “you've
made your point on camera” and declined to say who was responsible
for the former UNMIS.
is often said
that armies should hold commanding officers responsible after the
fact. But the UN seems to be saying that once a peacekeeping mission
expires, no one speaks for it anymore, and by implication, no one is
Simonovic & Ban Ki-moon, action on S. Kordofan not shown
question that Simonovic should answer, as well as a question Inner
City Press asked at Thursday's noon briefing with Nesirky, for the
UN's response to Southern Kordofan's governor (and ICC indictee)
Ahmed Haroun admitting moving and mass-burying corpses. Mr.
Simonovic will make himself available and address it, Nesirky said.
So we'll be waiting - watch this site.
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Kordofan Indicted Governor Spins Press, UNSC to Get
Simonovic July 28
26 -- As Southern Kordofan governor Ahmed Haroun,
already indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court,
claims that the goal of his war is peace, in New York the requests
for a Security Council briefing by top human rights official Navi
Pillay will result Thursday afternoon session, but only with her
deputy Ivan Simonovic, Inner City Press has learned.
members specifically asked that Pillay be the briefer, on the
topic of a report jointly by her Office and the Department of
Peacekeeping Operations, which is criticized in the report.
stopped short of supporting the recommendation that the
actions and failures to act detailed in the report be referred to the
International Criminal Court.
Harun in a Khartoum press conference claimed that “we are
doing our best to keep the length of this conflict as short as
possible, because we believe that military operations are not a goal,
but are a tool to push the other side to the negotiating table.”
worked in Darfur...
Ban, Nesirky, Nambiar & Orr, action on UN inaction not shown
Harun's history in S. Kordofan,
summarized by a source:
Deputy Head of the National Intelligence and Security
Services (NISS) during the late 80s and early 90s in Kadugli. He
played a large role in a genocidal campaign to eliminate the Nuba
tribe from southern Kordofan, where he was stationed then. There are
numerous mass graves that he is personally responsible for; one of
them is underneath the UN airport built there five years ago.
for Darfur, he immediately re-organized the PDF (aka
Janjaweed, government militias) ; in 1994 he established a long
relationship with the Lord's Resistance Army from Uganda, a
relationship that has continued to recently provide these criminals
with weapons and refuge in South Darfur. While there, he organized a
personal paramilitary group made up of the cream of the Central
Reserve Police (paramilitary organization created by Bashir), the
Border Security Gurads (another paramilitary organization also
created by Bashir) and led by the PDF commanders which he chose. They
all came to Southern Kordofan with him after his appointment as
Governor of that unfortunate state in 2009.
his good friend Ali Kushaib every weekend planning the
coming genocide of the Nubas, part of who stupidly voted for him
helping him to "win" the recent elections there, thanks
also in part to pre-filled ballot boxes. Ali Kushaib lives in
Debeibat in the northern part of the Southern Kordofan and is
currently re-organizing the PDF (whom he led in Darfur) in order to
accelerate their participation in the Nuban genocide.
can Ahmed Harun
(or Haroun) be subject to a rare second referral to the International
Criminal Court? And what could Navi Pillay be doing this week that is
more important? Watch this site.
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Nubans Frozen in UN Edit Room, Rudderless
While the UN
report that that one of its
staff members in Sudan saw the piled corpses of 150 people of Nuban
descent in South Kordofan, it insists that because the report is a
“leaked draft,” it cannot or will not take action on its yet.
July 21, the day
after Inner City Press put the full report
online, it asked UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky about this
who was detained by SAF at their military
facility in Umbattah Locality reported during his detention, that he
saw over an estimated 150 dead bodies of persons of Nuban descent
scattered on the grounds of the military compound. Some of the bodies
appeared to have bullet wounds and he reported a large quantity of
blood on the ground. He reported a SAF soldier told them that they
had all been shot dead.
Inner City Press off in the middle of the paragraph, to insist this
is only a draft. From the UN's
still looking at this report that was put out by the
human rights component of UNMIS [United Nations Mission in Sudan]. One
of the many things said in it is that --
back a bit, and I am sorry to interrupt
you, but it is not a report that has been put out by UNMIS, it is an
as yet un-finalized report that was leaked. So let’s get the
this: the leaked report says that an UNMIS
staff member witnessed 150 dead bodies of Nuban descent in a military
facility in Sudan. So, my question is, even though it’s a leaked
report, it seems to be such a serious allegation that it seems
strange that the UN would say, we’re going to wait two weeks to
finalize it. What is being done, since that 150 dead bodies was
witnessed by a UN staff member? What actions have been taken, even
while the actual document itself is being finalized?
that the relevant people, and you’ve heard Ivan
Simonovic speaking on this topic, will have been seeking to follow up
on it. And as you heard Mr. Simonovic say, there are efforts to gain
access, so that there can be the kind of follow-up that you are
talking about. And if Mr. Simonovic has any further follow-up on
that, then obviously I’d let you know.
more on peacekeeping. Today at the stakeout, Mr. Le
Roy said that he’s leaving on 10 August. So that seems to be
coming up pretty quickly. Without, I guess, getting into the names,
is there are going to be a new Under-Secretary-General for
Peacekeeping Operations on 10 August, or when is the process thought
to come to a conclusion? Is there a shortlist, et cetera?
that there would be a new
Under-Secretary-General in place to take over the day after Mr. Le
Roy leaves office. Obviously there are, there is an established
procedure for having an officer-in-charge until a new
Under-Secretary-General is appointed. And when we get to that stage,
an announcement will be made.
Council stakeout on July 21, Le Roy told Inner City Press that the
report would not be finalized by the Department of Peacekeeping
Operations until two weeks after Mr. Simonovic spoke to the press
last week. That would be the day after Le Roy's final press
conference, and just before he leaves with no successor in place.
in Southern Kordofan, Inner City Press asked
been this quote by the Foreign Minister of
Sudan, Ali Karti, that there is an openness on the part of Khartoum
to, quote, “foreign troops” in Southern Kordofan. Has the UN
been informed of that? What does the UN think of that statement?
aware of the statement, and we’re following up
with the Sudanese authorities to try to understand in greater detail
what that means.
who in the UN
is following up with what Sudanese authorities? Watch this site.
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