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In the UN, Uzbekistan Gets a Pass on Human Rights As Opposition to U.S. Grows and War's On in Somalia

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, November 20 -- On Friday evening, the UN General Assembly moved to express concern and investigate Israel's bombing of Gaza, by a vote of 156 in favor, 7 against and 6 abstaining. Afterwards, Inner City Press interviewed the GA President, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalif. "According to the [UN] Charter," she said, "we are the people of the world. We must protect civilians."

            Inner City Press asked GA President to compare the processes of the GA and Security Council. "This is democracy, you see," she said. "Nobody accepts killing civilians for no reason. It is not fair."

            On Monday morning, the GA's Third Committee voted to quash a resolution expressing concern about the "Situation of human rights in Uzbekistan," A/C.3/61/L.39. The vote was close, with 74 countries voting with Uzbekistan, 69 against, and 24 abstaining.

            The UN's Special Rapporteur on torture has found that in Uzbekistan "there is ample evidence that both police and other security forces have been and are continuing to systematically practice torture, in particular against dissidents or people who are opponents of the regime" of Islam Karimov. Particularly vulnerable are participants or witnesses in the May 2005 Andijan demonstrations, ended by government crackdown.

   The UN Secretary-General's recent report on Uzbekistan "highlights concerns over asylum seekers and refugees who fled Andijan and have been detained or returned to Uzbekistan, including fears for the safety of five men who were returned by Kyrgyz authorities in August. The Uzbek Government claimed fewer than 200 people were killed in the unrest. However, more than 450 of the Uzbek refugees subsequently provided testimony... Uzbek authorities called for the closure of the UNHCR office in Uzbekistan earlier this year."

            Monday when the results were posted, showing victory for Uzbekistan's request for no action on its human rights record, "there was applause among some delegations as the results appeared on the electronic voting board," as described by the UN's Meeting Coverage.

            The 74 countries voting to quash any further inquiry into Uzbekistan's human rights record include, for example, Russia, China, South Africa, Morocco, Pakistan and India, which is the beneficiary last week of a U.S. Senate vote for the nuclear sharing.

            Following the vote, early Monday afternoon Inner City Press asked U.S. Ambassador John Bolton to comment on the Third Committee's vote against the U.S.-sponsored resolution on Uzbekistan. From the U.S. Mission-prepared transcript:

Inner City Press: The Third Committee just voted down this morning the resolution on human rights in Uzbekistan. Does the U.S. -- or do you have any comment on that not going forward?

Ambassador Bolton: It's obviously a disappointment to us. I've been involved in the Security Council all morning. I can't -- I don't know what the vote was, so --

            The vote was 74 for Uzbekistan, 69 for the U.S.-sponsored resolution, and 24 abstainers, including Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia (this last apparently referring to those in Baidoa, where the UN's Francois Lonseny Fall held a meeting on Monday regarding which the UN spokesman had no read-out, hours later, see below in this report for Somalia update.)

            Those not voting at all on the Uzbekistan resolution included Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Lebanon and Cote D'Ivoire, which abstained from Friday's vote on Israel, in a move many called a return favor to the U.S. for supporting Laurent Gbagbo during the recent Security Council resolution process.

Fleeing Uzbeks cut carrots, pixellated to remain anonymous

            Friday by the Security Council Inner City Press asked for a U.S. comment on the loss of American Michael J. Matheson, one of 44 candidates for 34 seats on the UN International Law Commission. Inner City Press was told this was not part of any larger trend of U.S. losses in the United Nations, but only the product of their being other qualified European candidates.  What struck many observers in Friday's votes was the EU and even United Kingdom breaking from the U.S. and voting for the resolution to investigate the bombing of Beit Hanoun. In the Security Council resolution that the U.S. vetoed, the UK had abstained.

            Has Uzbekistan benefited from growing opposition to the United States? Separately, have some agencies in the UN system working with the Karimov regime, for example UNDP helping the regime collect taxes, helped bring about Monday's result? Developing.

            On Somalia, some updates were provided in response to Inner City Press' questions to the UN Spokesman on Monday:

Inner City Press: In the reports from Somalia between Ethiopian troops and the Union of Islamic Courts, can anyone in the United Nations system confirm, deny or speak to that?

Spokesman:  I'll see if I can get something from the Somali office.

Inner City Press: Has Lonseny Fall or any...  I know he was supposed to be... (inaudible)

Spokesman:  I did not have an update on his activities today, but we'll try to get one.

Inner City Press: And also on the monitoring group report on Somalia.  On Friday, I think you said what countries had protested or issued demarches to the United Nations about their being named in the report.  Do you have that list?

Spokesman:  I had that list Friday afternoon and I've deleted it from my head.  There were two countries that came to see the Secretariat and I do know a number of other countries have written to the Sanctions Committee.  For that, you would have to talk to the Security Council. 

Inner City Press:  Do we know what two countries?

Spokesman:  That, I will find out.  [The correspondent was later informed that, as of today, the countries that had filed formal complaints to the UN Secretariat in reaction to the Somalia report were Egypt, Iran and Syria.

            It is unclear why Uganda is not on this list. Later on Monday, the following arrived:

"We have no independent confirmation of fighting between Somalia's Islamist fighters and Ethiopian troops. FYI, the Ethiopian government has denied that any fighting took place or that any Ethiopian troops were killed in Somalia by Islamists."

            Now even Somalia's president has admitted the presence of Ethiopian troops in Somalia. Developing.

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At the UN, Cluster Bombs Unremembered, Uighurs Disappeared and Jay-Z Returns with Water -- for Life

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, November 17 -- As in the UN General Assembly speeches continued on Israel's bombing of Gaza, Israel's Ambassador Dan Gillerman was asked by Inner City Press about his country's use of cluster bombs. "I must confess I really don't know about that," Ambassador Gillerman said. "I arrived very early this morning. I may have missed something during my flight." Video here, at Minute 12:41.

            Inner City Press subsequently asked Kofi Annan's spokesman if the UN's condemnation of cluster bombs, and their use in South Lebanon earlier this year, had been conveyed to Israel. The spokesman answered, "We have spoken out very publicly." Video here, at Minute 14:50.

            On the topic of the power plant in Gaza, which was destroyed by Israeli bombs and is insured by the U.S. Overseas Private Insurance Corporation, Inner City Press asked Amb. Gillerman for an update. Video here, at Minute 10:55. "We are in the process of building a high-pressure cable to enable the residents of Gaza to have electricity," Amb. Gillerman replied. Another correspondent muttered, "So that they can turn it on and off." Inner City Press later asked the UN for an update, and received this in return:

"It would appear that temporary transformers from Egypt (replacing the destroyed ones from Sweden) are in place , with power imported from Israel also assisting to cover any outstanding gaps. This is a temporary measure."

            The U.S. government's OPIC's role in this should be pursued. Recently, the U.S. government's aid chief, Randall Tobias,  who visited Lebanon last month to check on U.S. aid work there, said that "at the time I was there, the estimate was that we had removed or assisted in the removal of about 50,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance."

After the bombing, where are the bombs?

            Another traveling U.S. diplomat was in the UN on Friday: Phil Reeker, previously a State Department spokesman and now the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest. In the half-light of the Security Council stakeout he recounted how the-Secretary of State Colin Powell has once offered to "drop him off" by plane in Budapest while flying elsewhere, an offer with Reeker declined.

            Reeker's companion, who will remain unnamed, pointed out that the day after the UN General Assembly's Third Committee passed a resolution about naming-and-shaming countries on human rights, the full GA spent the day debating Israel's bombing of Gaza. Inner City Press subsequently put this question to the GA President's spokeswoman, who said "there are ironies everywhere."

  Later she pointed out that the full GA does not yet have to follow a resolution approved in committee.

   Later still, she forwarded an answer to Inner City Press' question if the GA's new Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance" applies to the U.S.'s extraordinary rendition flights, or to abductions by North Korea. The answer, from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, is that "extraordinary rendition is not necessarily enforced disappearance.  There are several elements of the act that are required.  The definition of enforced disappearance is contained in the draft Convention, as well as the preamble to the GA Declaration on Enforced Disappearance."

    These provide that "enforced disappearance is considered to be the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty committed by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law."

    Significantly, the new Convention on Involuntary Disappearances also provides that "no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification for enforced disappearance."

            So --the definition of involuntary disappearance appears to apply to abductions, extraordinary rendition and to the fate of the Chinese Uighur last seen in Kazakhstan, described below in this report.

            The Third Committee's passage of the resolution against naming-and-shaming countries on their human rights records was not the United States' only loss on Thursday. In elections of 34 members of the UN International Law Commission, from only 44 candidates, the U.S. nominee Michael J. Matheson lost out, while among the elected were representatives from Cameroon and Sri Lanka and, from Nigeria, Bayo Ojo. The GA President will be meeting with NGOs on Tuesday, her spokeswoman says.

            Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan's spokesman for comment on the GA's Third Committee's passage of a resolution against the naming-and-shaming of countries for their human rights records. While declining to comment on the GA's work, the spokesman made reference to Mr. Annan's earlier statements that the countries on the new Human Rights Council should have their records reviewed. Inner City Press then asked if Mr. Annan or anyone else in the UN system has spoken out about incidents in Mexico's Oaxaca region -- Governor Ulises Ruiz's crackdown on APPO, the dead of journalist Brad Will, etc. -- particularly given Mexico's role in the UN Human Rights Council. Subsequently, the spokesman's office sent Inner City Press the following:

"The Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues made a statement on the situation last month. The High Commissioner for Human Rights Office in Mexico is monitoring the situation and is in contact with the authorities.  They also issued a statement condemning the violent acts in late October."

             Speaking of speaking out, Jay-Z returned to the United Nations on Thursday evening, and took questions from reporters in the lobby of the UN prior to the premiere of the MTV documentary "Water For Life."

            As first done at the August 8 press conference announcing that this documentary would be filmed, Inner City Press on Thursday asked Jay-Z for his views on the privatization of water systems in the developing world. On August 8, Jay-Z called the question one of "bureaucracy."

            Thursday he answered, "I don't know about privatization. I was just in people's houses."

            Inner City Press asked a follow-up question, if the water in the houses he visited was provided by governments or private businesses.

            "They paid fifty cents a bucket for it," Jay-Z said.

            "Sounds like privatization to me," a correspondent muttered.

            Upstairs in the Trusteeship Council chamber, there were roped-off VIP rows. Journalists were herded to the front, then told to go back, up to the video booths. The wireless worked fine, as Anne Veneman of UNICEF thanked "Jay-Z and his staff," and mentioned his trip to Angola. A reporter arranging a trip to Angola found that visas cost over $200. Ms. Veneman called it the launch of UNDP's report on water, about which reporters were briefed ten days ago. Click here for Inner City Press' story on the report, including on UNDP's partnering with Shell Oil and Coca-Cola.

            Back on August 8, when Jay-Z briefed reporters at the UN at his video's outset, he praised Coca-Cola for providing ten "play pumps" to children in Africa. Coca-Cola is under fire on at least two continents for pilfering communities' water resources to profit from sugar-laden soda.  Is humanitarianism being privatized as well? "I don't know," was the seconded response.

            The documentary will be shown on MTV-2 on November 19, and on MTV itself on November 24.  The footage of Angola is worth it.

            Later on Thursday night, the UN Mission of Kazakhstan threw a party, with a fashion show and an apparently lip-synching trio of singers, at the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue. The models in the fashion show were, as usual, tall, and some were blonde (not expected). The reception afterwards featured lamb chops and shrimp and the crowd contained, among others, the Russian mission's press spokeswoman, Ambassadors of Hungary and Azerbaijan, the teacher of the Kazakh Ambassador's daughter and, of course, the Ambassador himself, Yerzhan Kazykhanov, one of the best hosts in the UN. Afterwards many of the attendees loaded onto an Omega Express tour bus, which a bodyguard said was headed "to Pennsylvania." Mysterious, but not as troubling as the fate of the Chinese Uighur asylum seeker who disappeared in Almaty on October 23, click here for more.

Nagorno-Karabakh President Disputes Fires and Numbers, Oil and UN, in Exclusive Interview with Inner City Press - Video here

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee, Correspondent at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, November 13 -- Of the so-called frozen conflicts in the world, the one in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in Azerbaijan, claimed by Armenia, heated up this Fall -- literally.

            In August and September 2006, Azerbaijan and Armenia traded volleys of draft resolutions in the UN General Assembly, about a series of fires in the Nagorno-Karabakh region which on most maps is Azerbaijan, but is not under Azeri control.

            The subtext of the fight was that Azerbaijan wants the dispute to be addressed in the UN General Assembly, while Armenia prefers the ten-year process before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the OSCE. In the UN General Assembly these frozen conflicts are often treated as footnotes, particularly to a press corps which covers the Security Council in the most minute detail, at the expense of most other activities undertaken by the world body.

            Last week Inner City Press sat down for an interview with the president of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Arkady Ghoukasyan, and asked him about the fires, about the UN and other matters. Click here for the video.

            "The fires were provoked by Azerbaijan firing," Mr. Ghoukasyan said. "They used special bullets that would ignite wheat fields."

            In the UN, "the countries of the Islamic Conference are present and Azerbaijan is hoping to use their support," said Mr. Ghoukasyan. He added that most countries in the UN know little of the Karabakh conflict, so "Azerbaijan can try propaganda in the United Nations," in a way that it can't with the OSCE "experts."

            By contrast, the situation in Abkhazia is routinely put on the UN Security Council agenda by Russia, with representative of Georgia often excluded from the meetings and resorting to sparsely-attended press conferences outside, most recently on October 12.

President, flag & correspondent

            On Nagorno-Karabakh, UN observers see Turkey backing Azerbaijan, while the NKR is represented, if one can call it that, by Armenia. The interview, originally scheduled for a hotel across from UN Headquarters, was moved six blocks south to the Armenian mission in a brownstone on 36th Street, to a second-story room with the Nagorno-Karabakh flag on the table. Through a translator, Mr. Ghoukasyan argued that no negotiations that do not involve representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh can solve the problem. "The prospects are diminishing, without Nagorno-Karabakh involvement, it's just impossible to come to a resolution," he said.

Hot Words From Frozen Conflicts

            Inner City Press asked Mr. Ghoukasyan to compare Nagorno-Karabakh to certain other so-called frozen conflicts, two of which are before the OSCE: Transnistria a/k/a Transdnestr, and South Ossetia, where a referendum was held on November 12, the results of which no country in the world recognized.

            "We already had our referendum," Mr. Ghoukasyan said, "back in 1991. We would only hold another one if Azerbaijan and the co-chairs of the OSCE group agreed in advance to recognize its results."

            Mr. Ghoukasyan said he had come to the U.S. less to build political support or to propose a referendum than to raise funds for infrastructure projects in Nagorno-Karabakh, mostly from "different circles of Armenians in the United States." He is on a whirlwind tour: "Detroit Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and maybe Fresno, we are still finalizing our West Coast program," he said. A highlight will be a telethon from Los Angeles on November 23.

            Speaking of funds, and of infrastructure, Inner City Press asked about the impact of the Baku - Tbilisi - Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline on the conflict.

            "Azerbaijan is trying to get maximum political dividends from fact of this pipeline," said Mr. Ghoukasyan. "Since the West is interested in undisruptible oil, Azerbaijan tries to beef up their price for this stability. This emboldens Azerbaijan, making it more aggressive and  less willing to come to agreement."

            What would an agreement look like?

            "In any resolution, we think that Karabakh should have physical land connection with Armenia," said Mr. Ghoukasyan.

            At a press conference about the BTC pipeline earlier this year, the Azeri Ambassador told Inner City Press that twenty percent of Azerbaijan's territory has been occupied by Armenia.

            On the disputed numbers of displaced people, Mr. Ghoukasyan quipped, "I always suspected they are bad in mathematics." He estimated it, "maximally," to be 13%, and put the number of displaced Azeris at "only" 650,000, rather than the one million figure used by Azerbaijan. Mr. Ghoukasyan admonished, "There is information in books."

            And so to the library went Inner City Press. Therein it is recounted that while "in 1989, the Armenian Supreme Council made Nagorno-Karabakh a part of Armenia, this decision was effectively annulled by NKR declaring its independence in 1991. Whether the decision to declare independence was made cooperatively with Yerevan is not yet known."

            The UN's role is dismissed: "with one exception the UN never condemned the capture of Lachin, the strategic link between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. The UN passed Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884... Each UN resolution reiterated the international body's support for the OSCE Minsk Group process."

            Going back, some pundits blame the conflict on Stalin: "he took a part of Armenia and gave it to Azerbaijan, and now so many people are dying while trying to correct his foolish mistake. Now redefining the borders is as painful as cutting someone's flesh when that person is alive."

            Fast forward to 1977, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast's first secretary from 1973 to 1988, Boris Kevorkov, told visiting journalists that Karabakh Armenians were happily separated from the Armenian republic, saying that "the history of Nagorny (Mountainous) Karabakh is closely interwoven with Azerbaijan's... By contrast, the region is close to Armenia geographically but is separated by high mountains, which were an insuperable barrier in the past for any extensive contacts." (Quoted in Claire Mouradian's "The Mountainouse Karabagh Question"). 

            Also found are rebuttals, including from Azeri poet Bakhtiyar Vahadzade in his 1988 Open Letter, that "since 1828, our people have been divided into two parts," and that both Azeris and Karabakh Armenians "emanate from the same ethnic stock: the Caucasian Albanians." Others say Turkey always takes the Azeri side.  There are references to the shoot-down of an Iranian C-130 aircraft in 1994 as it crossed the Azeri-Karabakh line on contact, and of Iran's demand for an apology.

            Going back, a volume by Mazda Publishers in Costa Mesa, California entitled "Two Chronicles on The History of Karabakh," contains the full texts of Tarikh-e Karabakh (History of Karabakh) by Mirza Jamal Javanshir and of Karabakh-name by Mariza Adigozal Beg. In the introduction, translator-from-Persian George A. Bournoutian reports that "Armenian historians maintain that all of Karabakh was, at one time, part of the Armenian kingdom and that the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has had an Armenian majority for several hundred years. Azeri historians assert that the region was never part of Armenia and that the Armenian population arrived there from Persia and the Ottoman empire after the Treaty of Turkmenchay (1828) when, thanks to the Russian policy that favored Christians over Muslims, the Armenians established a majority in what became Nagorno-Karabakh." In a footnote he addresses  nomenclature: "Nagorno-Karabakh is the Russian designation. The Armenians call is [sic] Artsakh or Gharabagh and the Azeris Karabag."

            Finally, on the question of numbers, Arif Yunosov in "The Migration Situation in CIS Countries" opines that the conflict has caused 353,000 Armenia refugees and 750,000 Azeris -- less than the one million figure used by Azeri President Aliev, but large, and 100,000 larger than acknowledged in the interview. And a more solid figure than Aliev's 20%, but more than was acknowledged, is 13.62 percent. The search for truth continues. If the comparison is to the original, Soviet-defined Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast, it must be noted that NKR is claiming, beyond the Oblast, the territory of Shahumian.

            By the end of the interview, Mr. Ghoukasyan was focusing on two regions of the old Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast over which now Azerbaijan has de facto control: Martakert and Martuni. While Mr. Ghoukasyan's point was that these should be subtracted from the 13 percent, they raise a larger question, that of break-aways from break-aways.

            The analogy, to Inner City Press, is to the serially-opening or "nesting" Russian dolls. Inside one republic is another, but inside the breakaway is another smaller portion, that either wants to remain with the larger, or to itself be independent. Northern Kosovo comes to mind, and the portion of Abkhazia into which a Tbilisi-based government is trying to relocate.

            How small can these Russian dolls become? And how will the UN-debated status of Kosovo, now frozen into 2007, impact or defrost other frozen conflicts? Developing.

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At the UN, Dues Threats and Presidents-Elect, Unanswered Greek Mission Questions

Kofi, Kony, Kagame and Coltan: This Moment in the Congo and Kampala

As Operation Swarmer Begins, UN's Qazi Denies It's Civil War and Has No Answers if Iraq's Oil is Being Metered

Cash Crop: In Nepal, Bhutanese Refugees Prohibited from Income Generation Even in their Camps

The Shorted and Shorting in Humanitarian Aid: From Davos to Darfur, the Numbers Don't Add Up

UN Reform: Transparency Later, Not Now -- At Least Not for AXA - WFP Insurance Contract

In Congolese Chaos, Shots Fired at U.N. Helicopter Gunship

In the Sudanese Crisis, Oil Revenue Goes Missing, UN Says

Empty Words on Money Laundering and Narcotics, from the UN and Georgia

What is the Sound of Eleven Uzbeks Disappearing? A Lack of Seats in Tashkent, a Turf War at UN

Kosovo: Of Collective Punishment and Electricity; Lights Out on Privatization of Ferronikeli Mines

Abkhazia: Cleansing and (Money) Laundering, Says Georgia

Post-Tsunami Human Rights Abuses, including by UNDP in the Maldives

Who Pays for the Global Bird Flu Fight? Not the Corporations, So Far - UN

Citigroup Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference

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