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UNlike Press Qs on Rapes in Minova & Mali, UN Ladsous Answers Dues-Payers?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 13 -- Here's how the UN works now, or doesn't.

  The Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, who has openly refused to answer Press questions for example about rapes by peacekeepers in Mali and Peacekeeping's partners in Eastern Congo (noted in the UK) will give answers "exclusively" to dues-paying members of the UN Association of the USA.

  Will THEY ask him about his decision to include in the UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali soldiers from Chad, which is on the UN's own list of child soldier recruiters? About the alleged gang rape by Chadian soldiers in Northern Mali?

  Will Ladsous finally answer why he has continued to support the 41st and 391st Batallions of the Congolese Army, despite no accountability for their 135 rapes in Minova in November 2012 and despite Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's stated Human Rights Due Diligence Policy?

  Compare this compilation video, and UK coverage, to the following invitation:

Please join the Better World Campaign, United Nations Association of the USA and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations for a panel discussion and reception on

UN Peacekeeping on the Front Lines


Hervé Ladsous

United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Peacekeeping Operations

Victoria K. Holt
Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State

Peter Yeo, Executive Director, Better World Campaign

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Panel

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Reception

Tolerance Museum

226 E. 42nd Street, New York, NY

  There are many other questions that should be asked and answered, from what if anything Ladsous accomplished when he met with International Criminal Court indictee Omar al Bashir in July to the lack of accountability by the UN and UN Peacekeeping for bringing cholera to Haiti -- but Chadians in Mali, and the lack of accountability for the Minova rapes, would be a good place to begin.

Especially now with the lack of action on the Minova rapes now included in the UN Security Council Presidential Statement set for adoption on November 14, as a Council member confirmed to Inner City Press. Watch this site.


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