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On Minova Rapes, UN Won't Give Rights Policy After 8 Hours, Ban Flies Away

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 21 -- The failures of UN Peacekeeping under Herve Ladsous were on display on Monday.

Even eight hours after basic questions were asked, about non-payment of Nigerian peacekeepers who served in Mali and if the supposed "Human Rights Due Diligence Policy" to which the UN claims adherence is public, the UN transcript went up with no answers appended.

For a longer analysis of the UN's failure on the Minova rapes on Beacon Reader, click here.

  Under Ladsous, there ARE no answers. His "farce" has been noticed, for example in the UK New Statesman, here. But he's taking the UN down with him. See how UN looked October 21:

  Here's what Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson Martin Nesirky on Monday, as transcribed by the UN:

Inner City Press: The press release put out about the Minova rapes by MONUSCO... then I also saw what Mr. Kobler said in the Council, he said, “I do recognize the steps taken by the Government, my colleagues and myself are in regular contact with the Government to provide regular updates”, at least as prepared for delivery. So what I wanted to know is how the idea that no one is being held accountable, 11 months after the rapes, squares with the UN’s human rights due diligence policy, which says that the UN will not provide support to units which engage in abuses just like this? What is the timeline? How long can it go and the UN still be providing support to the very units implicated and named by the UN as involved in the rapes?

Spokesperson Nesirky: I would simply say, Matthew, that the Mission is adhering to the due diligence policy and Mr. Kobler has spoken both through the statement and in the Security Council on this topic. I don’t have anything to add to it at this point.

Inner City Press: Maybe you can answer it or DPKO [Department of Peacekeeping Operations] can answer it. What is the policy? Can you see why, from the outside, 11 months of no prosecution and still assisting the units militarily seems inconsistent with the human rights due diligence policy?

Spokesperson Nesirky: Well, first of all, I will check to see if there is anything further to be said. But, the second thing is that the Mission is adhering to the policy, and also it is for the authorities in the DRC [Democratic Republic of the Congo] to carry out the investigations and to prosecute people. It is not for the Mission to do so, okay?

Inner City Press: But is the policy in writing? Can we get a copy of what the human rights due diligence policy of the UN is? I understand that there is a duty on them, but there is also a duty on the UN to live up to what it said. I heard Ms. [Patricia] O’Brien speak about the policy, but is it a policy that is in writing and available?

Spokesperson: I’ll check for you, Matthew.

Inner City Press: Okay, thanks.

Spokesperson Nesirky: Yes, Sylviane?

Scribe: I appreciate that you gave me the floor; they have three questions there...

Eight hours later, no response from the Spokesperson's Office, nothing in the transcript. What kind of "policy" is this? Can Ban Ki-moon, headed to Europe to meet with institutional investors, allow Ladsous to do this? Ladsous video here; Nesirky October 21 video here.

  The last scribe above, an Executive Committee member of UNCA, Ban's UN Censorship Alliance, was objecting to the asking of follow-up questions. But even with follow ups, supposed "policies" of the UN are not made public. Watch this site.


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