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With Indonesia Atop UNSC Guterres Was Asked About West Papua and Dodged As On His Censorship

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR PFT NYP

UNITED NATIONS GATE, May 22 –When Indonesia on 1 May 2019 held a press conference about its upcoming month as president of UN Security Council, Inner City Press which has covered the Council and its failures for a decade was banned from entering the UN for the 301st day by Antonio Guterres. Now it has hit 322 days, as Guterres dodges questions about West Papua as he has about his censorship of Press to try to cover his corruption.

 On Guterres' May 2019 junket to Vanuatu, not asked about by any of the correspondents Guterres, his outgoing Global Communicator Alison Smale and Stephane Dujarric allow into the UN, he was asked about West Papua. Here's from Guterres' response: “There is a framework in the institutions, namely the human rights council… there are special procedures, there was a panel, that recently made a report on those issues, a report that was then presented internationally. Indonesia also responded. So the UN is doing its job, with a major concern that there and everywhere, human rights are respected.” 

But, Guterres was told, Indonesia is blocking Pacific island delegations and the UN Human Rights Commission from visiting West Papua.  It seems that all independent international media is banned. Guterres vainly insisted, "we had the institutions working, we have a panel of experts, but there are also from our side strong commitments there and everywhere.”

  Total evasion, as on the Uighurs. On Cameroon Guterres does more than evade: he actively advised Paul Biya's government how to cover up Biya's killings by acting against the press. We'll have more on all this.

On May 1 inside the UN Guterres bans Inner City Press from, the first question to Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani was handed to one who has falsely puffed up Guterres has having raised China's abuse of the Uighurs to President Xi (Guterres did not raise it to Xi). A later question went to an insider who said, I am going to ask the same question as everyone else.

   There was almost nothing about anything in Africa, over 60% of the UN Security Council's agenda, much less on Cameroon or Burundi or Uganda, whose foreign minister was bribed by the same CEFC China Energy which tried to buy the Partex oil company of Gulbenkian Foundation which has paid Guterres. We'll have more on this - and on UNSC meetings and negotiations, if only from the gate outside.

  And on May 23, what else, SG Antonio Guterres' dinner. The UNSC Presidency should make information available to those who cover and also to those who are impacted by the Council. Watch this site.

Inner City Press covered the UN Security Council for ten years, covered trips to Sudan, DRC, Cote d'Ivoire and most recently Haiti - until Guterres amid questions about his links to UN bribery had it thrown out. We'll have more, much more, on this - and on Cameroon: after Paul Biya who has ruled Cameroon for 36 years on January 28 had his opponent Maurice Kamto arrested, Inner City Press again asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his spokesmen for their comment and action, if any. This came after Guterres had Inner City Press roughed up on 3 July 2018 after it interviewed Biya's Ambassador about the two men's Budget Committee deals and banned from the UN since - Guterres even tried to get Inner City Press banned from the Park East Synagogue, here, which was denied / dodged by his spokesman Stephane Dujarric.  More here.


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