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

As S. Sudan Blames UN for Copter Downing, UN Stonewalls on CAR, Budget, DRC

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 26 -- After the South Sudan Army shot down a UN helicopter in Pibor on December 21, its spokesman said the SLPA "asked UNMISS whether they had any flight in the area but they denied it."

  On December 26, Inner City Press asked the UN to respond to this quote, and to provide any updates on the shooting down of the helicopter, which killed all four Russian crew, including to "please describe the process for deciding on compensation to be paid in this case."

  Along with these questions, Inner City Press posed questions about Sudan (Darfur), Central African Republic, the UN Budget and the UN's inaction on 126 rapes in Minova by the Congolese Army with which the UN works.

  Of these questions, by close of business on December 26 the UN had only responded to one: the shot down helicopter. And even on that, all the UN said was "On the UNMISS helicopter: The investigation into the incident is under way and we will have more to say when that is complete."

  This gives no confidence. As we reported earlier on December 26, while the UN has been claiming for four months it would investigate and report on its inaction in Cote d'Ivoire as internally displaced people were killed in the Nahibly IDP camp, last week the UN envoy there Bert Koenders told the government newspaper Fraternite Matin that the investigation is not finished, but that the UN did nothing wrong.

  There was been an even longer stonewalling by the UN and its Department of Peacekeeping Operations under Herve Ladsous on their introduction of cholera into Haiti, and now on the FARDC rapes in Minova, on which Ladsous has repeated refused questions, to the point of having DPKO's spokesman seize the UN TV microphone on December 18, video here.

   So when WILL the DPKO have more to say? And when will these questions be answered?

Dec 26-1 In Sudan, please confirm or deny the capture of the Sudanese Army base at Golo, and the reported aeral bombing around it.

Dec 26-3 In Central African Republic, what is the UN system presence if any in the rebel-taken towns of Kaga Bandoro (and, as asked before, Bambari, Ippy and Ndassima? Any comment on the violent protests at the French embassy in Bangui? In light of the Secretary General's recent speech to the Security Council about the Peacebuilding Commission, what is his comment on the CAR Peacebuilding Configuration being without a chair?

Dec 26-4 Does the Secretary General have any comment now on the UN Budget session, generally or in particular the non-adoption of his mobility proposal?

Also -- it should go without saying -- any and all information on which Congolese units were in Minova during the 126+ rapes, which FARDC units MONUSCO supports, and any suspensions of support in the last year.

   That these last question have not been answered is all too telling. 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]