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UN Group Wants Facebook Info While Others Protest, Letter from Kismayu

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 20 -- While human rights and privacy advocates worldwide criticize Facebook and other Internet titans for sharing account information with authorities in the US, France and elsewhere, the UN is complaining about not getting enough information from Facebook.

  The UN's Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea's recently released report on Somalia complains in Paragraph 169 that it "has received a significant rate of positiv responses from private entities, with the exception of the United States-based company Facebook, which has not provided any information requested." Should they?

  Inner City Press previously asked the UN about Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's quote that whistleblower Edward Snowden "misused" his position or data to expose massive violations of privacy.

 On the other hand, Inner City Press has been going out of its way to keep its questions about UN Mine Action Service Mogadishu boss David Bax to those regarding sharing information with US intelligence. But these have still not been answered.

  Meanwhile also on Somalia, the Free UN Coalition for Access has been reached out to from Kismayu:

Subject: From Kismayu
Date: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM
To: funca [at]

Hope all is going well with you, I am speaking from Somalia particularly from Kismayu, Lower Jubba region southern Somalia.

I am interested in providing information regarding the situation of Kismayu which is very precarious... There was recent fighting happening in the town. Many people had displaced from the town due to the fighting between the political groups of Kismayu. This caused many hundreds of people to die and others flee from the town where hundreds others had been injured. The situation is not OK as daily clashes happen between Reskiamboni supported by Kenyan forces and the other opposition including Al Shabaab.

So many people are in very bad situations, sometimes human right abuses happen in the town and even some explosions happens mainly IEDs nevertheless I will try to provide the information on daily basis, direct to you or you can give me regional offices which i can get in touch with for more regarding this situation in Kismayu.

Thanks and regards for Kismayu, Somalia

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