Inner City Press

Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the United Nations to Wall Street to the Inner City

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

  Search Search WWW (censored?)

In Other Media-eg AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Follow us on TWITTER

Home -

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis



ICP on YouTube

UN: Sri Lanka


FOIA Finds  

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

On Rudd's Anti-Aslyum Policy, Ban Took the Call, Gave Rudd a Post

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 19 -- Kevin Rudd was given a UN position when he was down in 2010, on Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's “High Level Panel on Global Sustainability” -- so Inner City Press on Friday asked Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky to comment on Rudd's new policy that that no asylum seekers arriving by boats will be resettled in Australia.

  Nesirky replied that Rudd had called Ban Ki-moon Thursday night, New York time, about this policy; Nesirky added that UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres is studying the policy.

  It seems Rudd's policy violates the 1951 convention on refugees' article 31, which states: “The contracting states shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence.”

  But did Rudd call Ban Ki-moon not only to provide notice -- it is embarrassing that a person Ban gave a UN post to would violate a convention like this -- but to call on Ban to push for a change in the convention? Watch this site.


Share |

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Click for re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-303, UN, NY 10017 USA

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-2013 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]