Questions About Jamaat ud Dawa and
UN's Pakistan Aid in Mumbai's Wake
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 8 -- As arrests for the
Mumbai massacre are being made at the Jamaat ud Dawa camp in Kashmir,
have resurfaced about the UN's engagement with Jamaat ud Dawa following
October 2005 Pakistan earthquake. On October 6, 2006 Inner City Press
asked then-UN spokesman
Stephane Dujarric to address reports that the UN worked with both
Dawa and the Al Rashid Trust, on the UN's sanctions list. Mr. Dujarric
that the UN's focus is on working with and through group who can get
those who need it. Video here,
from Minute 13:50.
Press pursued the issue and
a report including a
quote that UN "aid they got from international agencies - have really
boosted their position locally. One Jamaat leader told us that people
trusting them with their children - they hadn't before the earthquake -
they had actively recruited hundreds of children left orphaned."
on October 10, Inner City Press asked the UN's top humanitarian Jan
the reports. Egeland, who still works part-time with the UN, answered
that "I'm sure
we did cover people of many different beliefs and many different
orientations. We do not ask hungry people if they do have this or that
political belief... But if you work in Kashmir, there will be people
who would belong to organizations which have fundamentalist beliefs."
from Minute 46.
UN moves supplies into Kashmir in October
2005, Jamaat ud Dawa not shown
As Inner City
Press reported at the time, after the October 10, 2006 press
supplemental answers were provided by one of Mr. Egeland's
Kristen Knutson. Asked how, in the future, OCHA will try to ensure that
not increase the influence of groups like the Al Rashid Trust by
to camps they establish, Ms. Knutson insisted that "determining who
can set up a camp is entirely up to governments of member states. And
camp is open, OCHA and the UN will provide aid to the people in that
now, what has
been the UN's engagement with Jamaat ud Dawa? The UN's
New York headquarters was
closed for a holiday on Monday. The issue will continue to be pursued.
News analysis: Giving aid is good,
but so is having standards, or at least being transparent about the
lack of standards.
Footnote: to show
that the issue cuts in many
different ways, while Egeland said that the UN tries not to work with
organization's whose principles vary from those of the UN, last week
Press asked current UN spokesperson Michele Montas again about
General Ban Ki-moon's agreement with NATO, which was kept confidential
pre-shown even to member states. While the UN is for the abolition of
is a military alignment that, among other things, does not oppose the
nuclear weapons. So what are the UN's
standards for engagements with groups? As we said, it cuts both ways.
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