Inner City Press

Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the Inner City to Wall Street to the United Nations

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

  Search Search WWW (censored?)

In Other Media-eg AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Home -

Follow us on TWITTER

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis


ICP on YouTube

Video on NY Times

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

In Yemen, As Saleh Declares Amnesty, His NY Trip Was Canceled, US Blocked?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 28 -- On November 23 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the press Yemen's Ali Saleh was stepping back from power and said he would come to New York for medical treatment.

  Inner City Press asked Ban about the issue of immunity, included in the Gulf Cooperation Council agreement. Ban said he hadn't "discussed that matter in detail" with Saleh.

   On November 28 after the Security Council president, Portuguese Ambassador Cabral, read a Council press statement welcoming the deal but also mentioning accountability, Inner City Press asked Cabral how to square the Council statement with many public reports that Saleh and his family are getting immunity. Video here, from Minute 3:55.

   Cabral said, "This is the position of the SC. It's not the first time we have stated that violence, human rights violations and those responsible for them should be held accountable."

   Later it was explained to Inner City Press that the actually document signed by Saleh was more detailed than the GCC agreement and tries to "go beyond" the GCC deal, saying for example that going forward Yemen will implement such things as UN Human Rights Council calls for investigations.

  Does Saleh understand and accept that? On Saturday he returned to Yemen and declared an amnesty for all except those who attacked him.

   Why did Saleh not come to New York? Some say the US has blocked him. Some in Yemen say that Saleh "knows he can't travel." Others say that Ban Ki-moon was never supposed to make public this part of what Saleh told him, one even saying, perhaps jokingly, that Ban violated "medical privacy" by doing so. We'll see.

Karman at UN, (c) MRLee

  Tawakkol Karman, meanwhile, was traveling on Monday, to The Hague to petition the ICC to take action against Saleh; Inner City Press has been sent and puts up this video link, here.

Share |

Click here for Sept 23, '11 about UN General Assembly

Click for Mar 1, '11 re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for a Reuters AlertNet piece by this correspondent about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click here for an earlier Reuters AlertNet piece about the Somali National Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an undefined trust fund.  Video Analysis here

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-253, UN, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212-963-1439

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-2011 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]