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UN GATE / SDNY COURT, June 15 –  Inner City Press on 5 July 2018 was banned from entering the UN, two day after it was physically removed from conducting interviews outside meeting about the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' $6.7 billion budget.

  Then Guterres' Department of Global Communication, run by Melissa Fleming, issued a letter banning Inner City Press from the UN - for life. With no due process, no right of appeal.  Guterres has put the UN in the US Press Freedom Tracker, here. Guterres' Spokesman Stephane Dujarric falsely promised on camera that he would be answering banned Inner City Press' questions - but see below.

     On June 15 after Guterres again refused to answer but the IMF did answer, here, and before an amateur UN noon briefing not by Stephane "French Whine" Dujarric, previously the face of UN lies on cholera in Haiti, but by his now equally rape-denying deputy Farhan Haq, Inner City Press submitted yet more questions (blocked by Dujarric's screener Florencia Soto Nino on +1 917 226 7816 and Dujarric himself on +1 917 622 7652; he directed some favored scribes to Eri Kaneko on +1 917 208 8910, who now blocks Inner City Press on WhatsApp as well) including on the basis on which it continues to be lawlessly banned from entering to ask questions in person. Now also on the basis for withholding publicly funded UN video from the Press. There was no answer from Farhan Haq on +1 917 592 4591, not even a confirmation of receipt, and now UN official like Hua Jiang, Eri Kaneko, now on screen Jennifer Confilio, Adam Smook, Marisela Rivera and others to be named taking public money for a UN briefing blocking email questions about the UN's spread of Covid 19 - May 21 Inner City Press video with commentary here and here, edit here , June 15 video of Haq here and here -- Inner City Press asked:

June 15-1: On the Coronavirus Covid-19 and the UN in South Sudan, immediately provide Inner City Press which has asked for a month SG Guterres' response now to the petition to him from South Sudanese about UNMISS spreading COVID-19, precisely as Inner City Press has asked you all repeatedly in writing, and audibly asked Guterres on Sutton Place, twice now and why he/you are not complicit. Please confirm that UNMISS was told to not permit Inner City Press to ask it / SRSG Shearer or his Francesca Mold any questions. What comment, now that South Sudan's Vice-President Riek Machar has tested positive for coronavirus - and SG Guterres declined for the third time to answer Inner City Press' South Sudan (and SEA) questions what you have refused to answer?

 On UN corruption (and racism), please immediately and on deadline describe the recruitment process for the P4 Political Affairs Officer in the secretariat Branch of SCad and whistleblowers' complaints to Inner City Press that it is destined in advance for Hirofumi Goto  

 Also relatedly provide UN response to "Japan pushes for more top UN positions"

 On Cameroon, past deadline, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on Paul Biya's government ARRESTING people for distribution face masks and other PPE to combat COVID-19.

On UN sexual exploitation and abuse, on specific cases of which each of you has refused to answer Inner City Press' questions, and specifically the DRC, immediately provide SG comment and action if any on the report stating that “The complaints mechanisms] appear to produce no information with regards to occurring cases of sexual exploitation and abuse”

Immediately state why Amina J. Mohammed is not a signatory to "On the Black Lives Matter Protests and other Mass Demonstrations against Systemic Racism and Police Brutality - Joint reflexions by United Nations Senior African Officials" and describe any and all Secretariat (and separately, SG Guterres and USG Fleming) involvement in soliciting, drafting and circulating the letter / op-ed.

On COVID and corruption, beyond that at the UN, what are the comments and acitons if any of SG Guterres on that a Zimbabwean businessman is due to appear in court for a bail hearing, charged in connection with a multimillion-dollar coronavirus medicine and equipment procurement scandal.  Delish Nguwaya is facing two charges of misrepresentation and fraud after he allegedly tried to secure contracts to supply a state firm. 

On Turkey and COVID what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the investigations into doctors running three professional medical associations in Turkey’s southeast and eastern regions. The authorities should respect both freedom of expression and the important role of healthcare worker associations in informing the public and protecting public health.  Since March 2020, the Turkish authorities have targeted doctors in senior positions in professional bodies, known as medical chambers, in Van, Mardin, and Şanlıurfa for allegedly “issuing threats to create fear and panic among the public” in media interviews and social media posts relating to the Covid-19 outbreak in Turkey. On May 4, a court in Şanlıurfa imposed a travel ban on Şanlıurfa Medical Chamber’s general secretary, Osman Yüksekyayla, and co-chair, Ömer Melik, and required them to sign in with their local police stations, pending the prosecutor’s completion of a criminal investigation 

On Sri Lanka, on which you have refused to answer Inner City Press' questions, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that the UN has awarded Sri Lanka’s peacekeeping force, Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLMAC), for their service in South Sudan, despite its history of human rights violations.  The award was presented on 27 May and commended SLMAC on its “medical standards, and commitment of strong contribution to hospital services”.  The granting of this award comes less than 8 months after the UN suspended Sri Lankan troops from peacekeeping due to the appointment of war veteran Shavendra Silva due to concerns over his human rights record  On Sudan, what are SG Guterres' comments and actions if any on that police have fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, protesting against a new United Nations mission for the country.  The protesters, who gathered near army headquarters, accused the government of bringing in occupiers.

  In Cameroon, WHO on April 28 gave the government 14 vehicles citing COVID-19. How do the UN - and SG Guterres - assess the Biya government's response to Coronavirus in Cameroon and its prisons? 

In Honduras, President JOH talked up hydroxychloroquin - what does SG Guterres say about that, and about JOH named today in narco-trafficking complaint in SDNY against former Honduran National Police Chief Tigre Bonilla? 

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