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As UN Bans Inner City Press E-Asks Spox Dujarric of Cameroon Holocaust UAE Nigeria OSSC Guterres Censorship 300+ UNanswered

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Letter PFT Q&A, NY Post

UNITED NATIONS GATE, February 5 – Inner City Press on July 5 was banned from entering the UN, the day after it filed a criminal complaint against UN Security for physically removing it from covering the meeting about the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget, as witnessed and essentially cheered on by senior UN official Christian Saunders, tearing its reporter's shirt, painfully and intentionally twisting his arm and slamming shut and damaging his laptop. On August 17, Guterres' Global Communicator Alison Smale issued a letter banning Inner City Press from the UN - for life. With no due process. She and Guterres have put the UN in the US Press Freedom Tracker, here. Smale said, again, that the UN would answer Press questions to the Spokesman Stephane Dujarric and his Office; Dujarric said the same on camera. On February 5, before a briefing days after Dujarric took a question on  Cameroon from the correspondent who previously said "the Anglophones did some shooting today," while today says he hadn't seen the Cameroon minister's comment Inner City Press twice sent him video of, Inner City Press submitted 482 questions "There are more than 300+ questions UNanswered.  While appreciating and using what was sent on January 29 after it was read out in the briefing room, no answers on Dec 17 or 18 or 19 or 20 or 21 - another FIVE days in a row, even as SG's direct conflicts of interest and failure to disclose emerge, and a newest low. While appreciating the lone read-out answer sent on Jan 7, nothing on Dec 24 or Dec 26 or Dec 27 or Dec 28, or January 2, 3 or 4 or 8 or 9 or 10 or 11 or 14 or 15 or 16 or 17 or 18 or 21 or 22 or 23 or 24 or 25 or 28 - that was FIFTEEN week-days in a row, apparently under orders, then a simple post-facto answer. Now what? No answers on January 30 or 31 or February 1 or 4. No answers at all during those four days of the US v Ho trial showing corruption in the UN says it all. This ban is just censorship - and Inner City Press must be allowed back into the noon briefing to ask its questions in person and follow up on them. 

February 5-1: As you have yet to respond to in any way from 3 pm yesterday: " While your Administration and Office of the Spokesperson have refused to answer a single written question from Inner City Press in three work days, and 15 before that, in contravention of conventions USG Smale made to UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye and Spokesman Dujarric made on camera,a formal questionfor immediate answer and confirmation of receipt   Cameroon Biya's Minister Delegate of Justice Momo Jean de Dieu has on camera warned that Biya's opponents "might end up like 'arrogant' Jews whom Hitler put in gas chambers" - his words. What is the SG's comment and action on this? All other questions re-iterated, including what is the SG's response to the attached petition from South Sudan about (his) peacekeepers killing two civilians there?     Please explain how it is legitimate to ban from enter into the UN the media that has been asking about these and other questions, with no hearing or appeal. 

February 5-2: On the Office of South South Cooperation, what is the SG's comment and action if any on whistleblowers' complaint to Inner City Press that Chediek engaged the services of fellow Argentine Ms. Cecilia Milesi, to serve as Senior Peacebuilding consultant, despite the fact that she lacks prior substantive experience working in peace and development. And by multiple accounts, this lack of experience reflects in her work. Moreover, Ms. Milesi likely taking cue from her boss,herself engages in conduct violating UNDP policy, including dubious travel on UNDP's dime, making personal stops during official work travel and charged those costs to UNDP resources.      Ms. Milesi also oversteps her role as a contractor providing service to UNDP, to manage and approve the recruitment of fellow Latin Americans, all of whom were waived from the UNDP competitive process and awarded direct contracts, to join Mr. Chediek’s inner circle. The hiring process was executed in a coordinated family business style, with Ms. Milesi giving pointers to her friends, with whom she had prior association who similarly lack the required experience for the job? 

February 5-3: Is it the case, as reported, that Myanmar is contributing or getting trained peacekeepers for the UN? If so, what vetting is in place? Same question about Sri Lanka now that Shavendra Silva is Army chief of staff. 

February 5-4: On Nigeria, what did the DSG do there during her "leave" - and what restrictions are in place for the pro-Buhari campaigning of Mr. Obasinjo, who says “I participated at the United Nations International Day for Education, promoted by the Nigerian Permanent Mission to the United Nations... We also have many Buhari support organisations in New York as well. “We have Buharists in the United States"? 

February 5-5: Again, now in the context of the Pope's comments in the UAE, immediately describe the UN system's role and financing, in or out, for 2020 Expo Dubai and the SG's view of freedom of expression and academic freedom in the UAE and what the UN's involvement will do to advance these - or not. The Pope in the UAE called  on countries throughout the Gulf region to extend citizenship rights to religious minorities.  The pope called for "societies where people of different beliefs have the same right of citizenship and where only in the case of violence in any of its forms is that right removed."  Citizenship rights in the United Arab Emirates are predominantly reserved for native-born Muslims? 

February 5-6: What is the SG's comment and action now that the Thai prosecutor publicly confirmed the government has the power to set Hakeem al-Araibi  free, regardless of the extradition process.  On Monday the 25-year-old footballer from Melbourne, a Bahraini refugee, was remanded in prison for another two months after the Ratchadaphisek criminal court gave him 60 days to prepare a defence to Bahrain’s extradition request?

February 4-1: On South Sudan, on which your Office refused to answer Inner City Press' questions last week, what now is the SG's knowledge of and comment and action on that the National Salvation Front led by Thomas Cirilo (NAS-TC) Thursday said its fighters have repulsed attacks on its positions in Yei River Stat during two days by the government army adding that the ceasefire is "technically dead"? 

February 4-2: On Cameroon, what is the SG's k comment and action on that the governent of Paul Biya banned planned protest marches in the capital Yaounde? In terms of "reform," what are the costs of UNDP sending a new Res Rep to Cameroon after Ms. Baiocchi began reporting to the DSG? What did the DSG does during her leave? What restrictions were in place? 

February 4-3: On Libya, what is the SG's knowledge of and comment and action on allegations that his envoy Salame is declining to send UN to check on Derna and impending killings there? 

February 4-4: Please immediately describe the UN system's role and financing, in or out, for 2020 Expo Dubai and the SG's view of freedom of expression and academic freedom in the UAE and what the UN's involvement will do to advance these - or not.

February 1-2: On DRC and the killings in and disenfranchisement of people in Yumbi, what is the SG's comment and action on local complaints that a report prepared by the UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) a week after the events accuses the governor Ngobila Mbaka of having dispatched on the spot and to from Kinshasa, police and army officials (FARDC). Disguised as civilians, they would have framed the Batende in deadly attacks against Banunu.  Since then, the report has been buried by decision of the MONUSCO leader, Ms.  Leila Zerrougui.  Testimony of a leader of local civil society: The planning of the massacre would have been done at the level of the governorate of the province. Two teams formed by police officers and soldiers left Kinshasa and Inongo to join the city of Mansele inhabited by the Tiene tribe. The criminal group from Kinshasa traveled aboard the Kebakuni boat, owned by Ngobila Mbaka, governor of the province and leader of the Tiene tribe"? 

February 1-2: On Cameroon, what is the SG's comment and follow up action, if any, on that Kamto is currently held at the building of the Groupement spécial d’opérations in Yaoundé. According to his lawyers, Kamto could be charged with: insurrection, hostility against the homeland, criminal association, threats to public order, rebellion, group rebellion, and inciting insurrection,and that there are currently up to 200 people, of whom the majority are MRC supporters, in detention following protests on January 26, and, again, on the arrest and detention of journalists Théodore Tchopa and David Eyengue Nzima merely for covering the opposition gathering in Douala. Again, what are the read-outs of his six conversations with Paul Biya and most recently of Francois Fall's visit there?  

February 1-3: On UNMAS please immediately confirm or deny what whistleblowers tell Inner City Press, that there are over a dozen harassment, bullying and abuse of authorities cases filed at UN against head of UNMAS Agnès Marcaillou and  that the cases came to attention to head of DPO rule of law and security ASG Alexander Zuev and Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Francois Renaud Lacroix. Was she politely asked to resign but refused to do so? Confirm / explain her email: " Today I want to appeal to those of you who have shared their discontent with colleagues, partners, inside and outside the UNMAS/UNOPS circles, to please not break UNMAS; what you have work so hard for; please do not split the strong and capable team that has made UNMAS the worldwide respected entity it is today; do not undermine what most colleagues have worked so hard for in the past 6 years that I have been here with you.   I feel that there is too much for UNMAS to lose!" 

February 1-4: On Nigeria AGAIN please confirm SG's and DSG's receipt of, and comment on, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) and Coalition of pro-democracy groups in Nigeria letter to the SG over President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the chief justice of Nigeria and its impact on any fairness of elections there. Again, confirm the DSG's activities in Nigeria and any restrictions in place. Also, relatedly, what are the comments and actions of the SG and separately DSG to that the police have been accused of shooting an unarmed civilian dead. A video being circulated  shows two armed police officers dragging an unarmed young man through the street, before firing at him at close range? 

February 1-5: On South Sudan, again, what is the SG's knowledge and action on the military deployment to Yei by both the government and rebels under the command of Gen Thomas Cirillo? On South Sudan and UN impunity, again, what is the SG's response to the petition Inner City Press sent you on January 28-9 from South Sudan about (his) peacekeepers killing two civilians there?  

February 1-6: Again, please immediately state why the Secretary General did not bother to attend the 9 am UNSC "urgent" meeting on Venezuela on January 26.  And state whether the SG has been working from "the residence" mid-day, and if so, why.

January 31-5: On Sudan, what is the SG's comment and action on that Sudanese security forces on Wednesday detained Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, the daughter of a top opposition leader who was Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister?

January 30-1: On CAR and peacekeeping and the photos and videos Inner City Press has asked your Office about without answer, MINUSCA has said "Certain images from the video are troubling and raise concerns regarding the conduct of the peacekeeping troops. Mauritania sent a high-level delegation to investigate and UN HQ is following up with the troop contributing country in NYC. The results of the investigative process will determine the next steps." Please immediately confirm if this investigation, of UN peacekeepers dragging corpse laughing, is being conducted only by Mauritania, or what the UN involvement is and possible penalties are. Same question again on the killing of two civilians by UNMISS. 

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