Inner City Press

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

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     .


Follow us on TWITTER

Home -

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



ICP on YouTube

UN: Sri Lanka


FOIA Finds  

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

On Rohingya, UN Didn't Know of OIC Letter, Then Processes, Not Time to Raise in UNSC

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 6, updated -- Violence against the Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar has become an issue not only of human rights, but increasingly of religious rights.

  On November 6 Inner City Press asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky about a letter the Organization of Islamic Cooperation announced it sent urging Ban to raise Myanmar and the Rohingya in the Security Council, under the UN Charter.

   Nesirky replied, "I'll check whether a letter has been received, I'm not aware of one. I don't think one needs to invoke a charter provision in this instance, already the Secretary General has been quite vocal as has Mr. Nambiar." Video here, from Minute 7:15. And see update below.

   Without getting into Ban's silence amid violence in Rakhine State from Thursday, October 25 into the middle of the next week -- Ban was in South Korea, and the UN was silenced by Super Storm Sandy -- Ban's envoy Vijay Nambiar did mentioned the Rohingya in the UN's Third Committee on November 5.

   But there, some noted, Nambiar said that the UN will start giving more aid to non-Muslims in Rakhine State, to make sure it is perceived as fair. Then Nambiar said the Secretariat would like his Good Offices mandate to have "more elbow room."

   It is in that context that OIC has asked Ban to take the issue to the Security Council. Inner City Press asked Nesirky to speak directly to that, that the Security Council has powers under Chapter 7 of the Charter.

   Nesirky said, "I do know what's in the charter. One doesn't need to invoke it here and now, given the Secretary General has been quite vocal on this... It would be for the council to see whether they wish to take this up."

   Presumably the OIC, too, knows what the UN Charter says -- while knowing that the Security Council COULD take Myanmar up on its own, the OIC nevertheless asked Ban to raise it to the Council. Will he? Will the OIC letter even be acknowledged?

Update of 4:40 p.m. - after publication of the above, the following was sent and received:

Subject: Your question on Myanmar
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply <>
Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM
To: Matthew.Lee [at]

In response to your question on a letter from the Organization for Islamic Cooperation to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, we can confirm that the letter was received and processed today to the Special Adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar.

   That's a start. But how did Mr. Nambair "process" the request that Ban raise the issue to the Security Council? Watch this site.
Share |

* * *

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

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

Click for re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

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 2006-2012 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]