UN Silent As Protesters Tear Gassed in Ivory Coast,
As UNMOVIC Plods On and War Spreads in Somalia
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at
UNITED NATIONS, November 21 -- In
continuing fall-out from the September
dumping of toxic waste
in Cote d'Ivoire, a crowd of protesters was
tear gassed this
week in Abidjan. Given the large UN presence and role in Ivory Coast, Inner City
Press on Tuesday
the UN spokesman if the Secretariat or the UN's two envoys to the country have
any comment on the tear gassing of the protesters. The following written
response was received: "The UN has no reaction to the dispersal by police of
people protesting developments in the toxic waste scandal."
In September, the
demonstrators in Abidjan targeted the home of the then-head of the Abidjan port,
a supporter of President Laurent Gbagbo and of his street youth team, the Young
Patriots. Nine weeks later, the protest was
the Young Patriots, seeking to
get Mr. Gossio put back in his job. In the interim, the UN Security Council
Gbagbo to stay in power for at least another year. Apparently
Gbagbo through his street team now want to regain full control of the port
through which the pollution came.
Inner City Press had asked Kofi Annan about the toxic waste, as well as
financial disclosure, and Mr. Annan had responded, according to the UN's
"this is a
serious issue. We need to be careful that the developing world and the poor
countries do not become dumping grounds for these kinds of waste, and I hope
serious action will be taken against the company and all involved. And of course
UN agencies have been active in helping the Government resolve this."
Nine weeks later, the dumper of the toxic
waste, Trafigura, has
moved on to scandals in Jamaica, where is has stealthy paid tens of millions
of dollars into the bank account of a politician's campaign while seeking
another sweetheart oil deal.
As Inner City Press reported
back in September,
Trafigura figured in the Volcker report on the UN Oil-for-Food scandal, as
having paid $250,000 into a bank account of Kofi's son Kojo Annan.
And still the UN has no comment,
as tear gas is deployed? It is not only the waste which is toxic.
in Cote d'Ivoire
The full question-and-answer
September 13 was
Press: Mr. Secretary-General, this is on Côte d'Ivoire, following up on an
earlier question. I know that you're meeting on the 20th of September in the G.A.,
or on the sideline of the G.A. Do you think with the postponed elections, when
should they be held? Should President Laurent Gbagbo stay in power until the
elections are held? And what about this toxic dumping that's taken place? It's
actually by a company, Trafigura, which shows up in the Volcker report in
connection with Cotecna. Also, if you could just address one thing, and this is
for your able spokesman, that said, “Have you filed your financial disclosure
and if so, why not?”
Kofi Annan: Let
me take it in turn. First of all, on the question of Côte d'Ivoire, we are going
to have a mini-summit here with all the leaders of the political parties and
regional leaders. And we will resolve some of the issues that you have raised.
On the question of the toxic waste, I think that this is a serious issue. We
need to be careful that the developing world and the poor countries do not
become dumping grounds for these kinds of waste, and I hope serious action will
be taken against the company and all involved. And of course UN agencies have
been active in helping the Government resolve this. As to your second, your
third question, I honor all my obligations to the UN, and I think that is as I
have always done.
Since then, Mr. Annan has begrudging
filed his financial disclosure form, which insisting that it remain
confidential. Last week outgoing Under-Secretary-General Chris Burnham, now at
Deutsche Bank, said that incoming S-G Ban Ki-moon, whose spokeswoman was present
at Tuesday's noon briefing, will make his financial disclosure public, and that
in the future all officials at the Assistant S-G level and above should be
required to publicly disclose their finances. The Annan administration has had
no comment on that, either.
Fresh from Switzerland, where
he met with
who is both on the UN Investment Committee and
sold services to the UN,
Mr. Annan will be back at Headquarters on Wednesday, to describe his Darfur deal
to the Security Council. Developing.
Inner City Press also asked
for comment on the reported fighting in Somalia between Ethiopian troops and the
Union of Islamic Courts. Unlike Monday, the spokesman
Well, as you put it, I think the Secretary-General called on all parties
concerned to stop shooting it out, as you put it. He spoke, I think, very
clearly on that during his press conference in Nairobi, where he urged all
parties to put their difference aside and resume the discussions. And he also
clearly called on the international community to assist Somalia. And that would
go through asking neighboring countries not to rush in troops or support one
movement over another. I think there’s enough violence and enough guns in
Somalia as it is. What we need to support is the resumption of the discussions
between the Islamic Court and the transitional Government.
Press: And the Monitoring Group. When are they going to get back to the
Monitoring Group, if I recall, has another meeting with the Security Council
Sanctions Committee this afternoon somewhere in this building.
More than a week after their explosive
report, including allegations of 720 Somalis in South Lebanon, became public,
the Monitoring Group has yet to surface, has yet to take a single journalistic
question. "Somewhere in this building," the spokesman Tuesday said. But where?
What Inner City Press
did stumble on in the basement of UN Headquarters was a meeting of the
seemingly-mooted UN team to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the
United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, UNOMIC. On
Tuesday, the following was asked:
Press: What’s the current mandate?
They’re still around, if that’s the question.
Press: I tried to go in. It’s a closed meeting. Can you articulate what
Their mandate is given by the Security Council and it’s up to the Security
Council to decide on the fate of UNMOVIC. And as for their activities, they put
out quarterly reports, which are public documents, which would explain to you
exactly what they are doing.
In the basement outside
Conference Room A, a television monitor announced an UNMOVIC meeting inside. A
staffer quickly rose to block entry, and directed Inner City Press to "UNMOVIC
dot com" to learn what this unit has been up to since Saddam Hussein fled, then
was captured, and now sentenced to death. It's
frankly the web site is not convincing, in explaining this continued use of UN
and member state money. Developing.
UN Office: S-453A,
UN, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212-963-1439
Reporter's mobile: 718-716-3540
In the UN, Uzbekistan Gets a Pass
on Human Rights As Opposition to U.S. Grows and War's On in Somalia
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at
UNITED NATIONS, November 20 -- On Friday evening, the
UN General Assembly moved to express concern and investigate Israel's bombing of
Gaza, by a vote of 156 in favor, 7 against and 6 abstaining. Afterwards, Inner
City Press interviewed the GA President, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalif.
"According to the [UN] Charter," she said, "we are the people of the world. We
must protect civilians."
Inner City Press asked GA President to
compare the processes of the GA and Security Council. "This is democracy, you
see," she said. "Nobody accepts killing civilians for no reason. It is not
On Monday morning, the GA's Third
Committee voted to quash a resolution expressing concern about the "Situation of
human rights in Uzbekistan," A/C.3/61/L.39. The vote was close, with 74
countries voting with Uzbekistan, 69 against, and 24 abstaining.
The UN's Special Rapporteur on torture
has found that in Uzbekistan "there is ample evidence that both police and other
security forces have been and are continuing to systematically practice torture,
in particular against dissidents or people who are opponents of the regime" of
Islam Karimov. Particularly vulnerable are participants or witnesses in the May
2005 Andijan demonstrations, ended by government crackdown.
The UN Secretary-General's recent
report on Uzbekistan
concerns over asylum seekers and refugees who fled Andijan and have been
detained or returned to Uzbekistan, including fears for the safety of five men
who were returned by Kyrgyz authorities in August. The Uzbek Government claimed
fewer than 200 people were killed in the unrest. However, more than 450 of the
Uzbek refugees subsequently provided testimony... Uzbek authorities called for
the closure of the UNHCR office in Uzbekistan earlier this year."
Monday when the results were
posted, showing victory for Uzbekistan's request for no action on its human
rights record, "there was applause among some delegations as the results
appeared on the electronic voting board," as described by the UN's
The 74 countries voting to quash any
further inquiry into Uzbekistan's human rights record include, for example,
Russia, China, South Africa, Morocco, Pakistan and India, which is the
beneficiary last week of a U.S. Senate vote for the nuclear sharing.
Following the vote, early Monday
afternoon Inner City Press asked U.S. Ambassador John Bolton to comment on the
Third Committee's vote against the U.S.-sponsored resolution on Uzbekistan. From
the U.S. Mission-prepared transcript:
Press: The Third Committee just voted down this morning the resolution on human
rights in Uzbekistan. Does the U.S. -- or do you have any comment on that not
Bolton: It's obviously a disappointment to us. I've been involved in the
Security Council all morning. I can't -- I don't know what the vote was, so --
The vote was 74 for Uzbekistan, 69 for
the U.S.-sponsored resolution, and 24 abstainers, including Brazil, Colombia,
Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia (this last
apparently referring to those in Baidoa, where the UN's Francois Lonseny Fall
held a meeting on Monday regarding which the UN spokesman had no read-out, hours
later, see below in this report for Somalia update.)
Those not voting at all on the Uzbekistan
resolution included Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Lebanon and Cote D'Ivoire, which
abstained from Friday's vote on Israel, in a move many called a return favor to
the U.S. for supporting Laurent Gbagbo during the recent Security Council
Uzbeks cut carrots, pixellated to remain anonymous
Friday by the Security Council Inner City
Press asked for a U.S. comment on the loss of American Michael J. Matheson, one
of 44 candidates for 34 seats on the UN International Law Commission. Inner City
Press was told this was not part of any larger trend of U.S. losses in the
United Nations, but only the product of their being other qualified European
candidates. What struck many observers in Friday's votes was the EU and even
United Kingdom breaking from the U.S. and voting for the resolution to
investigate the bombing of Beit Hanoun. In the Security Council resolution that
the U.S. vetoed, the UK had abstained.
Has Uzbekistan benefited from
growing opposition to the United States? Separately, have some agencies in the
UN system working with the Karimov regime, for example
UNDP helping the regime collect taxes,
helped bring about Monday's result? Developing.
On Somalia, some updates were
provided in response to
Inner City Press' questions to the UN
Spokesman on Monday:
Press: In the reports from Somalia between Ethiopian troops and the Union of
Islamic Courts, can anyone in the United Nations system confirm, deny or speak
I'll see if I can get something from the Somali office.
Press: Has Lonseny Fall or any... I know he was supposed to be... (inaudible)
did not have an update on his activities today, but we'll try to get one.
Press: And also on the monitoring group report on Somalia. On Friday, I think
you said what countries had protested or issued demarches to the United Nations
about their being named in the report. Do you have that list?
had that list Friday afternoon and I've deleted it from my head. There were two
countries that came to see the Secretariat and I do know a number of other
countries have written to the Sanctions Committee. For that, you would have to
talk to the Security Council.
Press: Do we know what two countries?
That, I will find out. [The correspondent was later informed that, as of today,
the countries that had filed formal complaints to the UN Secretariat in reaction
to the Somalia report were Egypt, Iran and Syria.
It is unclear why
is not on this list. Later on Monday, the following arrived:
"We have no
independent confirmation of fighting between Somalia's Islamist fighters and
Ethiopian troops. FYI, the Ethiopian government has denied that any fighting
took place or that any Ethiopian troops were killed in Somalia by Islamists."
Now even Somalia's president
presence of Ethiopian troops in Somalia. Developing.
At the UN, Cluster Bombs Unremembered, Uighurs
Disappeared and Jay-Z Returns with Water -- for Life
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at
UNITED NATIONS, November 17 -- As in the
UN General Assembly speeches continued on Israel's bombing of Gaza, Israel's
Ambassador Dan Gillerman was asked by Inner City Press about his country's use
of cluster bombs. "I must confess I really don't know about that," Ambassador
Gillerman said. "I arrived very early this morning. I may have missed something
during my flight." Video
at Minute 12:41.
Inner City Press subsequently
asked Kofi Annan's spokesman if the UN's condemnation of cluster bombs, and
their use in South Lebanon earlier this year, had been conveyed to Israel. The
spokesman answered, "We have spoken out very
at Minute 14:50.
On the topic of the
power plant in Gaza,
which was destroyed by Israeli bombs and is insured by the U.S. Overseas Private
Insurance Corporation, Inner City Press asked Amb. Gillerman for an update.
at Minute 10:55. "We are in the process of building a high-pressure cable to
enable the residents of Gaza to have electricity," Amb. Gillerman replied.
Another correspondent muttered, "So that they can turn it on and off."
Inner City Press later asked the UN for an update, and received this in return:
would appear that temporary transformers from Egypt (replacing the destroyed
ones from Sweden) are in place , with power imported from Israel also assisting
to cover any outstanding gaps. This is a temporary measure."
The U.S. government's
OPIC's role in this should be pursued.
U.S. government's aid chief, Randall
Tobias, who visited Lebanon last month to check on U.S. aid work there, said
that "at the time I was there, the estimate was that we had removed or assisted
in the removal of about 50,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance."
After the bombing, where are the bombs?
Another traveling U.S. diplomat was in
the UN on Friday: Phil Reeker, previously a State Department spokesman and now
the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest. In the half-light
of the Security Council stakeout he recounted how the-Secretary of State Colin
Powell has once offered to "drop him off" by plane in Budapest while flying
elsewhere, an offer with Reeker declined.
Reeker's companion, who will remain
unnamed, pointed out that the day after the UN General Assembly's Third
Committee passed a resolution about naming-and-shaming countries on human
rights, the full GA spent the day debating Israel's bombing of Gaza. Inner City
Press subsequently put this question to the GA President's spokeswoman, who said
"there are ironies everywhere."
she pointed out that the full GA does not yet have to follow a resolution
approved in committee.
still, she forwarded an answer to Inner City Press' question if the GA's new
Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance"
applies to the U.S.'s extraordinary rendition flights, or to abductions by North
Korea. The answer, from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights'
Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, is that "extraordinary
rendition is not necessarily enforced disappearance. There are several elements
of the act that are required. The definition of enforced disappearance is
contained in the draft Convention, as well as the preamble to the GA Declaration
on Enforced Disappearance."
These provide that "enforced disappearance is
considered to be the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of
deprivation of liberty committed by agents of the State or by persons or groups
of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State,
followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by
concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place
such a person outside the protection of the law."
Significantly, the new Convention on Involuntary
Disappearances also provides that "no exceptional circumstances whatsoever,
whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any
other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification for enforced
So --the definition of
involuntary disappearance appears to apply to abductions, extraordinary
rendition and to the fate of the
Chinese Uighur last seen in Kazakhstan,
described below in this report.
The Third Committee's passage of the
resolution against naming-and-shaming countries on their human rights records
was not the United States' only loss on Thursday. In elections of 34 members of
the UN International Law Commission, from only 44 candidates, the U.S. nominee
Michael J. Matheson lost out, while among the elected were representatives from
Cameroon and Sri Lanka and, from Nigeria, Bayo Ojo. The GA President will be
meeting with NGOs on Tuesday, her spokeswoman says.
Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan's
spokesman for comment on the GA's Third Committee's passage of a resolution
against the naming-and-shaming of countries for their human rights records.
While declining to comment on the GA's work, the spokesman made reference to Mr.
Annan's earlier statements that the countries on the new Human Rights Council
should have their records reviewed. Inner City Press then asked if Mr. Annan or
anyone else in the UN system has spoken out about incidents in Mexico's Oaxaca
region -- Governor Ulises Ruiz's crackdown on APPO, the dead of journalist Brad
Will, etc. -- particularly given Mexico's role in the UN Human Rights Council.
Subsequently, the spokesman's office sent Inner City Press the following:
"The Special Rapporteur on Indigenous
Issues made a
on the situation last month. The High Commissioner for Human Rights Office in
Mexico is monitoring the situation and is in contact with the authorities. They
also issued a
condemning the violent acts in late October."
Speaking of speaking out, Jay-Z returned
to the United Nations on Thursday evening, and took questions from reporters in
the lobby of the UN prior to the premiere of
the MTV documentary "Water For Life."
As first done at the
August 8 press conference announcing
that this documentary would be filmed, Inner City Press on Thursday asked Jay-Z
for his views on the privatization of water systems in the developing world. On
August 8, Jay-Z called the question one of "bureaucracy."
Thursday he answered, "I don't know about
privatization. I was just in people's houses."
Inner City Press asked a follow-up
question, if the water in the houses he visited was provided by governments or
"They paid fifty cents a bucket for it,"
"Sounds like privatization to me,"
a correspondent muttered.
Upstairs in the Trusteeship
Council chamber, there were roped-off VIP rows. Journalists were herded to the
front, then told to go back, up to the video booths. The wireless worked fine,
as Anne Veneman of UNICEF thanked "Jay-Z and his staff," and mentioned his trip
to Angola. A reporter arranging a trip to Angola found that visas cost over
$200. Ms. Veneman called it the launch of UNDP's report on water, about which
reporters were briefed ten days ago. Click
Inner City Press' story on the report, including on UNDP's partnering with Shell
Oil and Coca-Cola.
Back on August 8,
when Jay-Z briefed reporters at the UN at his video's outset, he praised
Coca-Cola for providing ten "play pumps" to children in Africa. Coca-Cola is
under fire on at least two continents for pilfering communities' water resources
to profit from sugar-laden soda. Is humanitarianism being privatized as well?
"I don't know," was the seconded response.
The documentary will be shown on MTV-2 on
November 19, and on MTV itself on November 24. The footage of Angola is worth
Later on Thursday night, the
UN Mission of Kazakhstan threw a party, with a fashion show and an apparently
lip-synching trio of singers, at the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue.
The models in the fashion show were, as usual, tall, and some were blonde (not
expected). The reception afterwards featured lamb chops and shrimp and the crowd
contained, among others, the Russian mission's press spokeswoman, Ambassadors of
Hungary and Azerbaijan, the teacher of the Kazakh Ambassador's daughter and, of
course, the Ambassador himself, Yerzhan Kazykhanov, one of the best hosts in the
UN. Afterwards many of the attendees loaded onto an Omega Express tour bus,
which a bodyguard said was headed "to Pennsylvania." Mysterious, but not as
troubling as the fate of the Chinese Uighur asylum seeker who disappeared in
Almaty on October 23, click
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