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Niger As UNSC President Flouted the Law As Norway Now Does, From ICTR to GMax

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UN GATE, Jan 1 – While Niger was president of the UN Security Council in December 2021, it thumbed its nose to the UN's own Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda.

   First it said it would take in freed defendants, including at least four who were found not guilty:  acquitted by the ICTR, including Protais Zigiranyirazo, Francois-Xavier Nzuwonemeye, former commander of an elite battalion, ex-transport minister Andre Ntagerura and Prosper Mugiraneza, former civil service minister.

   Then it ordered them to leave Niger, presumably to Rwanda, and said they won't comply with the ICTR's second order. This is the state of international "law" under UNSG Antonio Guterres, who has banned Inner City Press from the UN, now contrary to much said in this December 20, 2021 UN Appeals Tribunal Order, story here. A fish rots from the head.

  Coming next in the UNSC? Norway, which has refused to answer Inner City Press' questions about its Ambassador Mona Juul's connections to indicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and now convicted procurer Ghislaine Maxwell. Inner City Press has asked for access to Norway's January 4 press conference taking over from Niger. After two days, nothing. We'll have more on this.

Back on November 30 Inner City Press wrote to the Niger Mission to the UN to request access to its December 1 press conference by Ambassador Abdou Abarryon.

 Inner City Press wrote to the Mission including at nigermission [at] ymail [dot] com

More than a day later, nothing - inconsistent, to say the least, with Niger's duty as President of the UN Security Council. 

  Their "program of work" has NOTHING on Cameroon or Nigeria, but small arms and exclusion. No Burma, no Haiti - and nothing at all, from December 21 on. We will be covering this month, censored or not, in detail.

Inner City Press covered the UN and UNSC under Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon then was thrown out under Antonio Guterres after asking him directly about [among other things including Cameroon,] the omission from his financial disclosure covering 2016 of his link, through Lisbon's Gulbenkian Foundation which paid him money, to convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy.

This was and is a legitimate journalistic question however Inner City Press has been banned by Guterres and his USG Melissa Fleming. 

There is no commitment by the UN Secretariat to even respond to a polite law firm letter seeking access to Inner City Press, see video. See also Press Freedom Tracker and The Independent (UK)

The Niger Mission and Niger have a duty to not collude in censorship, and to take questions from media. Inner City Press is permitted (in fact, invited) to put WebEx questions to the IMF briefings, see below, and is accredited at the SDNY Federal court here in New York. 

So it is up to Niger and the Niger Mission to provide access.

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