Thursday, December 14, 2017

UN's Guterres, Excluding Press Amid Bribery & Cameroon Rosewood Scandals, To Be Sold for $1200 on Wall St


By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 14 – Is the UN in decay? On December 15 on Wall Street Antonio Guterres, who has refused to hold any end of year press conference amid scandals including his Deputy's signing of 4,000 certificates to export endangered rosewood already shipped to China from Nigeria and Cameroon, will be “honored” at a Wall Street fundraiser charging $1200 per table. This less than a month after the second UN bribery indictment, this time of Patrick Ho and Cheikh Gadio, on which Guterres hasn't even arranged for any UN audit, after his DESA took $1 million from Ho's organization after the indictment. His host and enabler is the United Nations Correspondents Association, which not only took money from the last UN bribery convict, Ng Lap Seng,  but also arranged for softball coverage of Deputy Amina J. Mohammed as her rosewood scandal grew. When Inner City Press went to cover, in the UN Press Briefing Room, an event of the UN Correspondents Association in January 2016 to see if the Ng Lap Seng funds were discussed, Stephane Dujarric who Guterres has kept on as spokesman evicted Inner City Press from the UN Briefing Room, then from its UN office and the UN as a whole. While Inner City Press reported on the UN from the park across First Avenue, UNCA's former president had a colloquy with Dujarric while it was fine. Another former UNCA president, Egypt state media Akhbar al  Yom's Sanaa Youssef, was awarded Inner City Press' long time UN office but rarely comes in and has not asked a question in two years. Guterres' “Global Communicator” Alison Smale has been informed, and questioned, but has refused to respond. This is the UN's communication strategy: answer no question, evict critics, allow sycophants to sell the UN for money. This UNCA didn't even pretend to complain about the lack of an end of year press conference, much less about the increasing corruption. Birds of a feather. Here are their top-six no-competition elections results, with only 90 ballots, a new low... well here is 2017, to which there is only one change, the 2018 is apparently not yet "public" - Prez - Sherwin Bryce-Pease, South African Broadcasting (SABC); Valeria Robecco, ANSA News Agency; Melissa Kent, CBC/Radio; Carole Landry, Agence France Presse." And see here, saying Guterres met with Japanese media on December 8 prior to his trip. Guterres had no news, as he will not for Dutch state TV on December 20.Watch this site. Among the parts of the UN facing budget cuts for waste is not only the Department of Public Information, increasingly a propaganda arm which, as if as a sidelight, engages in censorship of the investigative Press, but also the UN's Regional Commissions, Budget Committee officials told Inner City Press on December 13. Inner City Press has previously reported on and asked about the presence of the Latin American Regional Commission (ECLAC) chief Alicia Barcena with Antonio Guterres when he spoke before the Committee. The UN then told Inner City Press Barcena was called on by Guterres for her expertise, but remains head of ECLAC. We'll have more on this. The Budget Committee officials told Inner City Press that if the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions does not finish "five big reports" by the end of this week, concluding the session on December 22 may be unlikely. At the noon briefing on December 14, Inner City Press asked the spokesman for the President of the General Assembly for the status of the ACABQ reports, and about the budget process. The question has been answered in writing: "The President of the General Assembly is aware of and concerned by the late arrival of documents to the Fifth Committee for its consideration. This has been a persistent problem, hampering the work of the Committee. The President has discussed this issue with the Chairs of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the Fifth Committee. He has also been kept abreast of the state of play in the Fifth Committee, including through periodic contact with the Fifth Committee’s Chair. ACABQ is a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly and is represented in the Fifth Committee by its Chair." We'll have more on this. New DPI chief Alison Smale's swearing in ceremony was closed to the Press; she has still not even responded to Inner City Press' three petitions for review of its eviction and restriction for reporting on corruption at the UN. Meanwhile, the UN Budget Committee head for the year, the Cameroonian Ambassador who joined DPI in its censorship after Inner City Press asked about abuses by his president Paul Biya, told Inner City Press it will all be done by December 22. We'll see. The UN delivered a threat to Inner City Press to “review” it accreditation on October 20 at 5 pm. The UN official who signed the letter, when Inner City Press went to ask about the undefined violation of live-streaming Periscope video at a photo op by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, had already left, minutes after sending the threat. This comes two days after Inner City Press asked Guterres about the UN inaction on threatened genocide in Cameroon, and the UN claimed Guterres hadn't heard the 15-second long question.
  It also comes after Alison Smale the head of the Department of Public Information which would “review” Inner City Press' accreditation has ignored three separatepetitions from Inner City Press in the six weeks she has been in the job, urging her to remove restrictions on Inner City Press' reporting which hinder its coverage of the UN's performance in such crises as YemenKenya,Myanmar, and the Central African Republic where Guterres travels next week, with Smale's DPI saying its coverage of the trip will be a test of its public relations ability. But the UN official who triggered the complaint is Maher Nasser, who filled in for Smale before she arrived. 


His complaint is that audio of what he said to Inner City Press as it staked out the elevators in the UN lobby openly recording, as it has for example with Cameroon's Ambassador Tommo Monthe, here, was similarly published

A UN “Public Information” official is complaining about an article, and abusing his position to threaten to review Inner City Press' accreditation. The UN has previously been called out for targeting Inner City Press, and for having no rules or due process. But the UN is entirely UNaccountable, impunity on censorship as, bigger picture, on the cholera it brought to Haiti. And, it seems, Antonio Guterres has not reformed or reversed anything. This threat is from an official involved in the last round of retaliation who told Inner City Press on Twitter to be less "negative" about the UN - amid inaction on the mass killing in Cameroon - and who allowed pro-UN hecking of Inner City Press' questions about the cholera the UN brought to Haiti and the Ng Lap Seng /John Ashe UN bribery scandal which resulted in six guilty verdicts. We'll have more on this.

UN's Guterres, Excluding Press Amid Bribery & Cameroon Rosewood Scandals, To Be Sold for $1200 on Wall St


By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 14 – Is the UN in decay? On December 15 on Wall Street Antonio Guterres, who has refused to hold any end of year press conference amid scandals including his Deputy's signing of 4,000 certificates to export endangered rosewood already shipped to China from Nigeria and Cameroon, will be “honored” at a Wall Street fundraiser charging $1200 per table. This less than a month after the second UN bribery indictment, this time of Patrick Ho and Cheikh Gadio, on which Guterres hasn't even arranged for any UN audit, after his DESA took $1 million from Ho's organization after the indictment. His host and enabler is the United Nations Correspondents Association, which not only took money from the last UN bribery convict, Ng Lap Seng,  but also arranged for softball coverage of Deputy Amina J. Mohammed as her rosewood scandal grew. When Inner City Press went to cover, in the UN Press Briefing Room, an event of the UN Correspondents Association in January 2016 to see if the Ng Lap Seng funds were discussed, Stephane Dujarric who Guterres has kept on as spokesman evicted Inner City Press from the UN Briefing Room, then from its UN office and the UN as a whole. While Inner City Press reported on the UN from the park across First Avenue, UNCA's former president had a colloquy with Dujarric while it was fine. Another former UNCA president, Egypt state media Akhbar al  Yom's Sanaa Youssef, was awarded Inner City Press' long time UN office but rarely comes in and has not asked a question in two years. Guterres' “Global Communicator” Alison Smale has been informed, and questioned, but has refused to respond. This is the UN's communication strategy: answer no question, evict critics, allow sycophants to sell the UN for money. This UNCA didn't even pretend to complain about the lack of an end of year press conference, much less about the increasing corruption. Birds of a feather. Here are their top-six no-competition elections results, with only 90 ballots, a new low... well here is 2017, to which there is only one change, the 2018 is apparently not yet "public" - Prez - Sherwin Bryce-Pease, South African Broadcasting (SABC); Valeria Robecco, ANSA News Agency; Melissa Kent, CBC/Radio; Carole Landry, Agence France Presse." And see here, saying Guterres met with Japanese media on December 8 prior to his trip. Guterres had no news, as he will not for Dutch state TV on December 20.Watch this site. Among the parts of the UN facing budget cuts for waste is not only the Department of Public Information, increasingly a propaganda arm which, as if as a sidelight, engages in censorship of the investigative Press, but also the UN's Regional Commissions, Budget Committee officials told Inner City Press on December 13. Inner City Press has previously reported on and asked about the presence of the Latin American Regional Commission (ECLAC) chief Alicia Barcena with Antonio Guterres when he spoke before the Committee. The UN then told Inner City Press Barcena was called on by Guterres for her expertise, but remains head of ECLAC. We'll have more on this. The Budget Committee officials told Inner City Press that if the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions does not finish "five big reports" by the end of this week, concluding the session on December 22 may be unlikely. At the noon briefing on December 14, Inner City Press asked the spokesman for the President of the General Assembly for the status of the ACABQ reports, and about the budget process. The question has been answered in writing: "The President of the General Assembly is aware of and concerned by the late arrival of documents to the Fifth Committee for its consideration. This has been a persistent problem, hampering the work of the Committee. The President has discussed this issue with the Chairs of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the Fifth Committee. He has also been kept abreast of the state of play in the Fifth Committee, including through periodic contact with the Fifth Committee’s Chair. ACABQ is a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly and is represented in the Fifth Committee by its Chair." We'll have more on this. New DPI chief Alison Smale's swearing in ceremony was closed to the Press; she has still not even responded to Inner City Press' three petitions for review of its eviction and restriction for reporting on corruption at the UN. Meanwhile, the UN Budget Committee head for the year, the Cameroonian Ambassador who joined DPI in its censorship after Inner City Press asked about abuses by his president Paul Biya, told Inner City Press it will all be done by December 22. We'll see. The UN delivered a threat to Inner City Press to “review” it accreditation on October 20 at 5 pm. The UN official who signed the letter, when Inner City Press went to ask about the undefined violation of live-streaming Periscope video at a photo op by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, had already left, minutes after sending the threat. This comes two days after Inner City Press asked Guterres about the UN inaction on threatened genocide in Cameroon, and the UN claimed Guterres hadn't heard the 15-second long question.
  It also comes after Alison Smale the head of the Department of Public Information which would “review” Inner City Press' accreditation has ignored three separatepetitions from Inner City Press in the six weeks she has been in the job, urging her to remove restrictions on Inner City Press' reporting which hinder its coverage of the UN's performance in such crises as YemenKenya,Myanmar, and the Central African Republic where Guterres travels next week, with Smale's DPI saying its coverage of the trip will be a test of its public relations ability. But the UN official who triggered the complaint is Maher Nasser, who filled in for Smale before she arrived. 


His complaint is that audio of what he said to Inner City Press as it staked out the elevators in the UN lobby openly recording, as it has for example with Cameroon's Ambassador Tommo Monthe, here, was similarly published

A UN “Public Information” official is complaining about an article, and abusing his position to threaten to review Inner City Press' accreditation. The UN has previously been called out for targeting Inner City Press, and for having no rules or due process. But the UN is entirely UNaccountable, impunity on censorship as, bigger picture, on the cholera it brought to Haiti. And, it seems, Antonio Guterres has not reformed or reversed anything. This threat is from an official involved in the last round of retaliation who told Inner City Press on Twitter to be less "negative" about the UN - amid inaction on the mass killing in Cameroon - and who allowed pro-UN hecking of Inner City Press' questions about the cholera the UN brought to Haiti and the Ng Lap Seng /John Ashe UN bribery scandal which resulted in six guilty verdicts. We'll have more on this.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

On Cameroon, UN's Fall On "Anglophone Separatists" and "Radicals," ICP Asked UN of Patrice Nganang


By Matthew Russell Lee, UN AudioVideoen francais

UNITED NATIONS, December 13 – After UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres accepted a golden statue from Cameroon's 35-year president Paul Biya in Biya's palace in Yaounde, Guterres again shook hands with Biya in Paris at the One Planet event, photo here; UN told Inner City Press no meeting was scheduled. Then when Guterres' envoy Francois Lounceny Fall briefed the UN Security Council on December 13, he lumped Boko Haram and "the Anglophone separatist movement" in the same sentence. On UN Radio, Fall has equated secessionists with extremists. On December 13 he said "clashes have continued between radicals and governmetn forces resulting in the death of security officers in the North-West and South-West regions likely to further inflame tensions." 

Wait, security officers were the only ones, even as implied here the first ones, to be killed? We'll have more on this - Fall did not mention press freedom, detentions like that of Patrice Nganang or the cut off and slowing down of the Internet and social networks.  On December 12, when Inner City Press asked UN spokesman Farhan Haq for the fourth time about Biya's imprisonment of Stonybrook profession Patrice Nganang, Haq had a prepared statement ready, calling for due process and offering the UN's "good offices" for dialogue, in the person of Francois Fall.  Fall will brief the Security Council on December 13 and a source who has seen his remarks in advance tells Inner City Press the word "Anglophone" is in there.  But Fall has equated secessionists with extremists, and has said that even Federalism is off the table. These are bad offices. There were threats of prosecution against people who refuse to celebrate Biya's 35 years in power. Photo of letter here. So is this was Guterres celebrates, under the Guterres Doctrine? What is the relation to the illegal lumber exports signed off on by Guterres' Deputy, Amina J. Mohammed in the #RosewoodRacket? There were threats to Inner City Press' accreditation at the UN, here. And in Cameroon, worse - and tellingly, the UN's partners even find a way to report on Biya's censorship without naming the UN as complicit. But the UN is complicit. After Paul Biya detained Stonybrook professor Patrice Nganang for his reporting from the Anglophone zones, Inner City Press twice asked the UN about it, with only evasions, video here. On December 11, Inner City Press asked for a third time, and also about Guterres meeting Biya in Paris. Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq replied, "I'm checking with our colleagues in Political Affairs about what response we have.  Once we have something to say, I'll let you know." Again without attribution and again misrepresenting the UN's long inaction, Newsday reported that "a spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he had not heard back from UN officials in the department of political affairs about Nganang's case, so UN officials had no new information about the case Monday. But Guterres, in October, condemned an outbreak of violence in the English speaking minority areas of Cameroon." An outbreak of violence? Guterres has done nothing, except take one and now maybe two golden statues, and rush back to be honored and sold by such scribed on December 15. We'll have more on this. From the UN's December 11 transcript: Inner City Press: in the lead-up to this One Planet Summit in Paris, the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, has said that he's received invitations to speak there or meet there with President [Emmanuel] Macron and António Guterres.  That's what he said.  So, I… what I wanted to know is, if… if… if that's true, what… I've asked you last week and Stéphane [Dujarric] about for example, the case of Patrice Nganang, who's now… it's become a pretty… pretty well-covered case with human rights groups saying, how could this writer and professor who is reporting on the Anglophone areas be detained by the Government?  What would be… is it… can you confirm that António Guterres has asked to meet with Paul Biya?  And, if so, would this issue or the Anglophone issue generally be on the agenda? Deputy Spokesman:  Well, as with… as is normally the case, when the Secretary-General travels, if he holds meetings with other world leaders, we'll try to get the readouts of them.  Stéphane [Dujarric] is there with the Secretary-General, and we'll be in touch with him to make sure that any of these meetings happen, and we'll try to provide details. Inner City Press: On that issue that I asked you about last week, one media report that came out based on your answer said that the UN said it was concerned but neither confirmed that it was aware of or doing anything about the case.  I know Mr. [Francois Lounceny] Fall is in the building today.  Has anyone in the UN system reached out to the Government to ask about the status of this professor who visited to look into the Anglophone issue? Deputy Spokesman:  "I'm checking with our colleagues in Political Affairs about what response we have.  Once we have something to say, I'll let you know." On December 7, Inner City Press asked UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: on Cameroon?  Stéphane [Dujarric] had said the UN was trying to figure out what President Paul Biya has said.  Since that time, there's said to be… many people have left the region where they were told that they'll be viewed as collaborators if they don't leave.  And now a writer, Patrice Nganang, has been disappeared from Douala Airport.  He's a professor here at Stony Brook, and he went and reported on the Anglophone region and was taken off his flight and whatever.  It seems to be a pretty… Many people are saying that somebody needs to get involved.  I wonder if Mr. [Francois Lounceny] Fall is aware of it.  Has the UN system taken note of the disappearance of this journalist? Deputy Spokesman:  Obviously everyone who is in Cameroon or traveling to Cameroon, if there are any problems that occur during their travels, that needs to be investigated thoroughly by the local authorities.  We certainly hope and expect that this particular person will be found, and we're hopeful that nothing untoward has happened.  But… Inner City Press: What if the authorities are at fault? Deputy Spokesman:  We'll have to see what happens, but first and foremost they need to investigate what's happened." The next day December 8, Inner City Press asked again, this time to Guterres' lead spokesman Dujarric, transcript here: Inner City Press: I asked yesterday Farhan [Haq] about the Cameroonian Government’s detention of a US based writer and activist, Patrice Nganang, and now it’s become… giving that he sort of disappeared off a plane, many groups including PEN and various press freedom groups are speaking about it.  I’m wondering if the UN is using any of its access for the Cameroonian Government to ask where this writer may have been taken? Spokesman: "I will check." Video here. Hours later, nothing. Check what? Now CPJ put out a statement, not naming the UN where it is so happy to have been accredited that it said NOTHING when the Press was evicted and remains restricted; also a story by Associated Press, which has never at the UN asked any question about the abuses in Cameroon. Even more telling, because a two-step, Newsday ran an initial story without attribution or context that said, "Farhan Haq, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said Thursday that he hoped Nganang is safe but did not say whether the UN itself was aware of the detention or whether it would intervene." Photo here. Then a subsequent versions dropped the UN entirely, and its responsibility. This is how the UN of Guterres has gotten as UNaccountable as it is: it cultivates this type of (non) coverage. We'll have more on this. Upon Paul Biya's return from the African Union - EU summit in Abidjan he has "declared war" on what he calls secessionist terrorists in Ambazonia or Southern Cameroons. Inner City Press asked the UN about it and UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric only said they are "still looking at" or studying what Biya said. Now orders have been issued for civilians to "relocate" and for business people to stop working. See order here. This echoes what the UN's Francois Fall said, on Alison Smale's UN Radio no less, that secessionists are extremists and even Federalism is not on the table. On December 4, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, Persicope video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: On Cameroon, Friday you said that the UN is still looking exactly at what the president, Paul Biya, said.  What he said is that… basically a crackdown in the Anglophone areas.  Since that briefing, an order issue telling people to relocate, telling civilians with no relation to the standoff that they will be viewed as secessionists and/or terrorists.  This issue, this order is public, and it's online.  Also, a journalist has faced death threats for having testified at a Human Rights Council thing in Geneva about minorities.  So what I wanted to know is have you now, after this time, looked exactly at what was said, and what is the UN's comment on the president's escalation… his comments…? Spokesman:  I haven't seen the order you referred to myself.  What is clear is that we continue to urge all parties that have grievances to address those through legal and peaceful dialogue and we stand ready to help on that.  Obviously, it is important that journalists or anyone, as a matter of principle, journalists or anyone who speaks to the Human Rights Council be able to do so free of any intimidation.  Inner City Press: Is it legitimate under international law to order civilians out of an area, saying you'll be viewed as a collaborator if you do not leave? Spokesman:  "I will take a look.  I have not seen the specific order." Hours later, nothing. In fact, Dujarric ran out of the The UN has thrown gasoline on this conflict, far from engaging in the preventative diplomacy that Antonio Guterres, when running for his post, said he was about. In the UN, he and his Deputy Amina J. Mohammed have kept up Press restrictions and censorship. On December 1 Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric about Biya's comment. Dujarric said the UN is still trying to study them - it's not hard, they're on YouTube, here - and said the last time Guterres spoke with Biya was in October (that is, over the golden statue). Now what? In Bamenda, local journalist Elvis McCarty (some say Elvis Macarty) was reportedly roughed up by Paul Biya's security forces, the tools of his journalistic trade confiscated and/or broken, with him being accused of being a secessionist - or, as the UN's Francois Fall has put it, an "extremist." And while Guterres and his envoy Failing Fall purport to urge dialogue in CameroUN on "the Anglophone issue," when the issue was raised in Parliament in Yaounde, there was a walk-out. some dialogue. Meanwhile the Swiss government has responded in a November 17 letter obtained and published by Inner City Press to issues raised by Southern Cameroonians there. On November 21, Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press:  I wanted to ask a question about Cameroon.  In the south-west region, a video emerged basically of authorities ordering people out of their cars and to walk on their knees, very much to humiliate them, etc.  And so, people… one, they've wondered, like, what's the status of the UN's call for dialogue since they don't see this as dialogue?  And, number two, they've seen that the Swiss ambassador has said publicly that he visited the area and is very concerned.  So, the question, I guess, I had is whether François Fall, in his various visits… has he actually gone to those regions of the country?  Does he have an intention to go?  Has he requested to go but been rebuffed?  How can it be that the ambassador of a country based in Yaoundé has more… has greater access than the UN… UNOCA [United Nations Office in Central Africa] representative? Spokesman:  "Well, Mr. Fall works out his itinerary with the authorities as he can.  Whenever we have further travel for him… by him to announce, we will." Well. Meanwhile another part of the UN system -- independent experts whom the UN Secretariat emphasizes are NOT the UN -- has belatedly spoken out where Guterres, Amina "Rosewood" Mohammed and Francois Fall have not. But then Fall essentially undercut the experts, focusing on attacks on security forces and... territorial integrity. Here's from Failing Fall's UNOCA: "The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) continues to closely monitor the situation in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon... Mr. François Louncény Fall seizes this opportunity to recall the commitment of the United Nations to the territorial integrity and unity of Cameroon." On November 17, Inner City Press asked Antonio Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, Tweeted video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: this François [Louncény] Fall statement.  And the reason I'm asking is that, as you may know five experts of Geneva-based special rapporteurs, including on freedom of expression, defense of human right defenders and others, issued a statement. The statement is largely focused on abuses by the Government of Anglophones, censorship, turning off social media.  They have a[n artificially low] death figure.  They talk about torture.  I know that they're not part of the UN system.  They do give briefings in this room.  They are appointed by the Human Rights Council.  What's the relationship between human rights experts saying the Government is killing Anglophones and François Fall saying territory is important and gendarmes have been killed? It seems like they're two opposing statements. Spokesman:  A, I don't think they're in contradiction of each other, and everybody has a different role within the wide and varied UN system.  The special rapporteurs, as you do note, are independent from the Secretariat and the Secretary-General, appointed by the Human Rights Council.  They are an extremely important part of the UN's human rights mechanism and, as a matter of principle, countries should cooperate with these human rights experts.  I'm not privy to their research or how they get their information.  As I said, they're independent.  We have over the past months, expressed our concern at the violence.  We've expressed our concern at the lack of Internet access.  The basic message that Mr. Fall and that the Secretary-General have reiterated is the fact that the situation in these two regions will best be addressed by an inclusive and genuine political dialogue. Inner City Press: I want to ask one follow-up.  And I asked you before, but I think you'll see the need to actually answer it now.  Mr. François Fall, in an interview played on UN Radio, said that secessionists are extremists and that federalism, which used to be the status of this area, is off the table.  Number one, that's why people don't see him as a credible mediator, but more importantly, the equation of nonviolent secessionists with extremists is exactly the logic that the Government uses to kill people from helicopter gunships, so that's why I'm asking you.  It seems like some of the problems that the human rights experts are criticizing are, in fact… I don't want to say caused by Mr. Fall's statement, but in some way resonant with the logic of… of saying that anyone that says we should be independent is an extremist and should be shot at from a helicopter. Spokesman:  "I don't agree with your logic, and I don't think in any way, shape, or form Mr. Fall should be blamed for what is going on in the country." So why did Failing Fall equate secessionists with extremists? And how can he remain Guterres' envoy to Cameroon? Where is the golden statue? Here is the Experts' full text: "GENEVA (17 November 2017) - The Government of Cameroon must engage representatives of the Anglophone population in a meaningful political dialogue and halt renewed violence in the south-west and north-west, where the country’s English-speaking minority are reportedly suffering worsening human rights violations, a group of UN experts has warned. “We urge the Government to adopt all necessary measures consistent with Cameroon’s human rights obligations to end the cycle of violence,” the experts said in a joint statement.  Up to 17 people have reportedly been killed, and dozens wounded and arrested in demonstrations in the country’s Anglophone regions since 1 October.  The experts are disturbed by reports of a series of measures taken by the national authorities, including curfews, a ban on public meetings, and other restrictions aimed at preventing peaceful protests. Excessive use of force by the security services, injuries, mass arrests, arbitrary detentions, torture and other ill-treatment have also been reported.  Freedom of expression has been reportedly limited by the blocking of internet connections and of access to social media platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook, which a UN expert has previously condemned. “These restrictions must stop immediately, and the Government must ensure a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into all allegations of human rights violations perpetrated during and after the events of 1 October. The Government must take effective measures to prosecute and sanction all those responsible for such violations.” The appeal for action comes nearly a year after UN experts publicly urged the Government to halt violence against the English-speaking minority, following reports that Anglophone protesters in Buea and Bamenda had suffered undue force.  The experts also denounced any use of violence against members of the security forces, after reports that several were killed last week.  Since December 2016, the experts have repeatedly raised concerns directly with the Government of Cameroon and continue to monitor and seek clarification of the alleged human rights violations in the north-west and south-west of the country.  Ms. Annalisa Ciampi, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Mr. José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Chair-Rappourteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Ms. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Mr. Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues." What next? When will the UN's Failing Fall go see the Anglophone areas for himself, or be replaced? As Inner City Press asked the UN about on November 16, more than 46,000 people have so far petitioned Guterres to investigate and act on Mohammed's actions with respect (or disrespect) to natural resources in rosewood in Nigeria and Cameroon. But as on Cameroon, Guterres refuses so far to act. Meanwhile in the South West Region, there is a curfew and demand to register and give "weapons" to the government. On November 13, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: over the weekend, in Cameroon, in both the northwest and southwest, there was a collection apparently in light of not only armaments, rifles and handguns, but even hoes and cutlasses, it said, basically a total disarmament and… and… impinging on even farming work by people.  And I'm wondering, given that François Fall is… calls for a dialogue, what… is the UN aware of this?  There are written orders online that you can see telling people to turn all of these things in… Spokesman:  "I have nothing on these reports as of now." Nor six hours later.  On November 9, Inner City Press asked UN official Najat Rochdi, who was the head of the UN system in Cameroon until earlier this year and is now its deputy in the Central African Republic where Guterres just visited before Cameroon, if Guterres had spoken to her at all about Cameroon. No, she said, he had wanted to optimize his time. Video here. So apparently Guterres gets his information, and gold statues, from Paul Biya, or from Khassim Diagne, who was part of Rochdi's system. It is  closed loop, and a total failure. On November 8, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric (drawing a response of sorts, that "The Anglophones have been doing some shooting today"), UN transcript here: Inner City Press: on Cameroon, I know that there was a call by François [Lounceny] Fall and, I guess, the Secretary-General for dialogue with the “Anglophone regions”.  It's reported in the press in Yaoundé that the Government has sought international arrest warrants for 15 Anglophone leaders, and I'm wondering if that would be viewed as consistent with this call for dialogue and, if not, if the UN has anything to say about it. Spokesman Dujarric:  I don't have any information on those arrest warrants.  We, obviously, continue to call for calm and reiterate the availability of the UN to support the search for a lasting solution in the Anglophone provinces.  And we call on the… also on the authorities to ensure maximum restraint by security forces.  Evelyn? Evelyn Leopold: Yes.  I think the Anglophones did some shooting today." Video here;Leopold is retired from Reuters, still demands first questions at UN press conferences "on behalf of the United Nations Correspondents Association," wihch will charge money for an event with Antonio Guterres in mid-December - we will have more on this. On November 7 Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Duajrric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: I wanted to ask you two questions about Cameroon.  One is, since the Secretary-General's visit, one, there's a… there are reports of a crackdown in a place called Jakiri, where one gendarme was killed, and now basically everyone is being told there will be collective punishment unless a gun is turned over.  And I wanted to know, is Mr. [François Louncény] Fall… who… after the visit, who's keeping track of it?  Also, bigger picture maybe, the… the Cross River State Governor in Nigeria, Ben Ayade, has said that the border has essentially been closed for people fleeing the Cameroon… the anglophone region of Cameroon, and I wanted to know whether that's something that either Mr. Fall or on the… you know, UNHCR is aware of. Spokesman:  UNHCR, you can check with them.  I will… I don't have anything on… more on Cameroon. Inner City Press: if Mr. Fall was there on the trip… he wasn't in the photograph with the…Spokesman:  He was there.  We already said he was there. Inner City Press: All right.  So what was the… was any plan reached for continued work…? Spokesman:  If there's a further visit that he's able to make, we will announce it." Nothing.  On November 6, Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, UN transcript here: Inner City Press:has to do with Cameroon, where the Secretary-General stopped, met President [Paul] Biya.  Today, they're celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary of his accession to power.  And a letter's emerged that orders all Government employees to participate in the ceremony marking the thirty-fifth year in power of Paul Biya, saying, basically, names should be provided, and they will be punished for not.  Given… I guess I'm just wondering, is the Sec… was the Secretary-General, when he stopped, when he took this golden statue, what did… was he aware of this?  What does he think of… is it… is it permissible, from the UN's point of view, for a Government to order its civil servants to mark the thirty-fifth year in power of a leader or face punishment, or should this be discouraged?  And does he have any comment on it? Deputy Spokesman:  Obviously, people everywhere have the right to freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly.  Those freedoms need to be respected in all circumstances.  Regarding the gift, Stéphane [Dujarric] made very clear to you that's a standard protocol gift — which happens in many different countries and contexts." The UN delivered a threat to Inner City Press to “review” it accreditation on October 20, using as its pretext an undefined violation with Periscope in UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' 38th floor conference room, and publishing audio from a UN stakeout, citing Cameroon. On October 31 at the UN Security Council stakeout, Cameroon's Ambassador approached Inner City Press and issued his own threat. Of the UN's 38th floor, he demanded of Inner City Press, "Who asked you to go to 38? I'm going to call, say for Matthew not to go upstairs. You've started... asking nasty questions." On November 2, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric about it, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: a statement made by Cameroon's Permanent Representative to me at the Security Council stakeout, in a public area, saying, on 38, "Who asked you to be up there?  I'm going to make a call to make sure Matthew is not up there anymore.  You ask nasty questions."  So my question to you is, if a Member State, in this case a Member State that is subject to questions, nasty or not, were to call the 38th floor and say, I want a particular media to not be up there, why are [they] up there — what would be the response from the 38th floor?  I ask because I've gotten an accreditation threat for being up there.  That's why it’s strange… Spokesman:  Well, I think you're mixing… you know, if an event is open to the press, to the wider press, then everybody is welcome.  We are not… journalists here have to do their job.  There are obviously restrictions placed, depending on the event, but I guess the answer would be no.  Thank you." This from the UN Spokesman who threw Inner City Press out of the UN Press Briefing and then from its office, keeping it still restricted. This is today's UN. But can Inner City Press publish this threat, meant to hinder or prevent coverage of mass killing and displacement of Anglophones, without the UN's Department of Public Information's censorship machinery moving to review its accreditation, or using it as its rationale for continuing to keep Inner City Press from its long time office, keep it restricted in movement? DPI boss Alison Smale said she saw the need to respond to petitions to restore Inner City Press to its office and normal access - then her Department issued its October 20 threat. Now this. Watch this site - audio here.  Be aware: the audio is from Smale's own DPI. This UN has become disgusting.  The UN official who signed the letter, when Inner City Press went to ask about the undefined violation of live-streaming Periscope video at a photo op by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, had already left, minutes after sending the threat. What to make of the letter's vague statement, "filming and recording on the 38th floor are limited to official photo opportunities, and recording conversations of others in the room is not permitted. It has been brought to our attention that you breached that rule recently"? It's not only vague as to when, but absurd: once a Periscope is authorized to start streaming, it is impossible to not record someone who speaks loudly at the photo op. This comes two days after Inner City Press asked Guterres about the UN inaction on threatened genocide in Cameroon, and the UN claimed Guterres hadn't heard the 15-second long question.  Recently at a photo op, Guterres' adviser on Cameroon Khassim Diagne spoke loudly. Inner City Press later reported, based on sourcing, that Diagne who was previously the representative to Cameroon for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency Guterres ran, speaks in favor of Cameroon's government. Is this letter a response to the reporting? Is it retaliation? Is it intimidation to stop reporting on this threatened genocide? We can't ask the complainant, Maher Nasser: after the threat was delivered, he blocked Inner City Pres on Twitter, here.
  It also comes after Alison Smale the head of the Department of Public Information which would “review” Inner City Press' accreditation has ignored three separatepetitions from Inner City Press in the six weeks she has been in the job, urging her to remove restrictions on Inner City Press' reporting which hinder its coverage of the UN's performance in such crises as YemenKenya,Myanmar, and the Central African Republic where Guterres travels next week, with Smale's DPI saying its coverage of the trip will be a test of its public relations ability. But the UN official who triggered the complaint is Maher Nasser, who filled in for Smale before she arrived. 


His complaint is that audio of what he said to Inner City Press as it staked out the elevators in the UN lobby openly recording, as it has for example with Cameroon's Ambassador Tommo Monthe, here, was similarly published

A UN “Public Information” official is complaining about an article, and abusing his position to threaten to review Inner City Press' accreditation. The UN has previously been called out for targeting Inner City Press, and for having no rules or due process. But the UN is entirely UNaccountable, impunity on censorship as, bigger picture, on the cholera it brought to Haiti. And, it seems, Antonio Guterres has not reformed or reversed anything. This threat is from an official involved in the last round of retaliation who told Inner City Press on Twitter to be less "negative" about the UN - amid inaction on the mass killing in Cameroon - and who allowed pro-UN hecking of Inner City Press' questions about the cholera the UN brought to Haiti and the Ng Lap Seng /John Ashe UN bribery scandal which resulted in six guilty verdicts. We'll have more on this.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

On North Korea Sanctions, UNSC To Hear From Feltman On Aid Impact, Cardi Says


By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Video

UNITED NATIONS, December 16 – In North Korea accompanying UN Department of Political Affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman was a former staffer of his who now works directly with Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Katrin Hett. (UN's belated read-out below.) Inner City Press exclusively reported this on December 5, and after Guterres canceled his December 6 noon briefing for a stakeout at which he took no questions, asked for confirmation from UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, who typically refused. See below, with two more names. Now the question arises: why did Feltman go? Or, why was it Feltman who went? See below. On December 12 in front of the UN Security Council, Resolution 1718 Sanctions committee chair Sebastiano Cardi of Italy recounted the previous day's committee meeting. Inner City Press asked him about Feltman's read-out about problems with procurement and funding gaps. Cardi indicated the Council would hear of that in a closed door brieifng by Feltman later in the day. Inner City Press exclusive video here. In the UN Security Council on December 11, with no advance notice from the UN, a meeting on North Korea human rights was held, preceded by a procedural vote: ten for holding the meeting,
three against (China, Russia and Bolivia) with
two abstaining: Ethiopia and Egypt, whose state media Akhbar al Yom favored by the UN and awarded Inner City Press' long time work space was again not present. The UN is becoming like... Then a meeting in Conference Room 1, interstitial Periscope here, during right the North Korean mission to the UN sent a statement to the Press referring to the the "non-existent" human rights issue. Attached here on Patreon. Finally, in the afternoon, a North Korea 1718 Sanctions Committee meeting. Inner City Press afterward asked outgoing chair Sebastiano Cardi about Feltman's read-out's reference to problems with "procurement" there; Cardi said he'd wait to hear from Feltman in the coming days. Video here. (Inner City Press hears: afternoon of December 12). Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom was hanging around, leading Inner City Press to again surmise he's talking over the chair of the 1718 committee on Jan 1, something Cardi declined to confirm on camera. How open will Karel van Oosterom be? So far, not. Feltman has served more than five years, having been appointed to the UN under President Obama. Inner City Press reported that Feltman convinced Guterres to keep him on so that his UN pension could vest. Now, while Inner City Press sources tell Inner City Press of moves among some in the Trump administration to belatedly replace Feltman, he goes to North Korea. Is this to try to save his job, to become "indispensable"? Or is it the best way for the US, contemplating military action, to say diplomacy was tried, albeit with a lame duck? While most at the UN, spoon-fed by the reclusive Guterres, haven't hard these questions, others have, for example in South Korea where this article emphasizes Feltman's marginality, returning empty handed. But with Guterres selling himself first to Japan then on Wall Street, they believe the charade can continue. We'll have more on this. Because of today's UN secrecy, it was the North Korean government which issued a read-out of the meetings: "the visit of Jeffrey Feltman, the undersecretary general for political affairs at the U.N., helped the communist nation and U.N. understand each other deeply, and the two sides agreed to have regular communications at various levels, according to the Korean Central News Agency. KCNA reported that North Korea told U.N. officials that current situation on the Korean Peninsula is due to the United States' threat and its wish to launch a nuclear attack against North Korea first. The U.N. officials responded that they will help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula by following the U.N. Charter, which states the organization's mission of maintaining international peace and security, the KCNA added. According to the KCNA, Feltman recognized international sanctions against North Korea are having a negative influence on humanitarian aid there. He visited a children's food factory and a hospital in Pyongyang on Thursday. Feltman was expected to leave Pyongyang on a North Korean Air Koryo passenger jet to land in Beijing on Saturday." Maybe Feltman will speak there, as he so rarely has in his more than five years at the UN. Hett has yet to speak. While SG Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric did not initially confirm Inner City Press noting in "his" UN Press Briefing room that Feltman's predecessor and Ban's brain Kim Won-soo visited DPRK in February 2010 and now some surmise why. The month after that visit described by both as this one should be as having been successful, North Korea sunk South Korea's Cheonan ship, killing 46. And this time? Guterres himself, typically, is avoiding the Press. But multiple sources tell Inner City Press Guterres doled out quotes to media from a major UN funder. This before he whispers again on December 15 in a Wall Street event he'll be sold for $1200 a table at. We'll have more on this. For now, Feltman has issued this read-out: "Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from 5 to 8 December 2017. Mr. Feltman had a series of meetings with H.E. Mr. RI Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. PAK Myong Guk, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, of the DPRK. They exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula and agreed that the current situation was the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today. Mr. Feltman emphasized the need for the full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions.  He also said there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of sincere dialogue. Time is of the essence.   Noting the urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict, Mr. Feltman underlined that the international community, alarmed by escalating tensions, is committed to the achievement of a peaceful solution to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.  Mr. Feltman also met with the United Nations Country Team and members of the diplomatic corps, and visited UN project sites, including a children’s foodstuff factory, TB prevention institute, breast tumour institute, and paediatric hospital. During the site visits he learned about the UN’s life-saving work on the ground as well as the challenges in procurement and funding gaps." And on this: in advance of a December 11, 11:30 am North Korea human rights event announced by the US, it belatedly emerges that the UN Security Council is set to hold a procedural vote at 10 am for a human rights meeting in the Council. Inner City Press twice asked Japan's Koro Bessho, the Council's president for December, about this. The first time he said it was still being worked on. The second time, he walked away. And it was his deputy, not him, who appeared at the Council stakeout on the afternoon of December 8. Inner City Press asked a question and it was partially answered. But it was not Bessho. More on this - and on Feltman and his team's trip to North Korea. It is customary to at least disclose the identities of such a delegation. And so today Inner City Press names two others accompanying Feltman: unsurprisingly the UN Resident Coordinator in DPRK since 2015, Tapan Mishra formerly of Burma Shell Co, and surprising to some, Department of Political Affairs staffer Samuel Martell of the UK, in his position since October 2014. We'll have more on these, amid Guterres increasingly shrunk UN transparency. He banned the Press from his swearing-in of Global Communications boss Alison Smale; now he says that unlike even Ban Ki-moon, he will hold no end of the year press conference, while arranging to be sold on Wall Street for $1200 a table. This is today's UN. As to Hett, she was suggested to (or some say, planted with) Guterres by Feltman during the former's transition, and since then Hett has nearly always been at Guterres' side. For example she took an August 2017 photographof Guterres with Palestine Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah published by the UN Department of Public Information. Inner City Press exclusively quoted DPA whistleblowers that Hett reported back to Feltman all of the people Guterres was interviewing to staff up his administration. (Guterres' spokesman called the questioning despicable.) Now Hett is in North Korea, with Feltman - and Guterres excluded the Press from his December 6 swearing-in of DPI's Alison Smale, here.Guterres is sure to hype up his wor on North Korea in connection with his December 13-14 trip to Japan. But what about Hett? To some, the UN is beginning to mirror Feltman and Hett's host. On December 7 (after the UN noon briefing was canceled on December 6 to a Guterres stakeout without any questions), Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: "the meetings that Mr. Feltman's had in North Korea, but the Swedish ambassador today in front of the Security Council said that he has a report from Sweden's embassy there.  Has Feltman met with any of the remaining diplomatic corps in Pyongyang?  And also, can you say what the composition of his team is?  Is Katrin Hett on it, and if so, is she back with DPA [Department of Political Affairs], and who else is with him?  Usually people do readout who went to a place. Deputy Spokesman:  No.  We're not doing that at this stage.  Like I said, we're waiting until he's completed his visit to be able to provide some details.  And he does intend to brief both the Security Council and the press corps once he's back." 

On North Korea Sanctions, UNSC To Hear From Feltman On Aid Impact, Cardi Says


By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Video

UNITED NATIONS, December 16 – In North Korea accompanying UN Department of Political Affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman was a former staffer of his who now works directly with Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Katrin Hett. (UN's belated read-out below.) Inner City Press exclusively reported this on December 5, and after Guterres canceled his December 6 noon briefing for a stakeout at which he took no questions, asked for confirmation from UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, who typically refused. See below, with two more names. Now the question arises: why did Feltman go? Or, why was it Feltman who went? See below. On December 12 in front of the UN Security Council, Resolution 1718 Sanctions committee chair Sebastiano Cardi of Italy recounted the previous day's committee meeting. Inner City Press asked him about Feltman's read-out about problems with procurement and funding gaps. Cardi indicated the Council would hear of that in a closed door brieifng by Feltman later in the day. Inner City Press exclusive video here. In the UN Security Council on December 11, with no advance notice from the UN, a meeting on North Korea human rights was held, preceded by a procedural vote: ten for holding the meeting,
three against (China, Russia and Bolivia) with
two abstaining: Ethiopia and Egypt, whose state media Akhbar al Yom favored by the UN and awarded Inner City Press' long time work space was again not present. The UN is becoming like... Then a meeting in Conference Room 1, interstitial Periscope here, during right the North Korean mission to the UN sent a statement to the Press referring to the the "non-existent" human rights issue. Attached here on Patreon. Finally, in the afternoon, a North Korea 1718 Sanctions Committee meeting. Inner City Press afterward asked outgoing chair Sebastiano Cardi about Feltman's read-out's reference to problems with "procurement" there; Cardi said he'd wait to hear from Feltman in the coming days. Video here. (Inner City Press hears: afternoon of December 12). Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom was hanging around, leading Inner City Press to again surmise he's talking over the chair of the 1718 committee on Jan 1, something Cardi declined to confirm on camera. How open will Karel van Oosterom be? So far, not. Feltman has served more than five years, having been appointed to the UN under President Obama. Inner City Press reported that Feltman convinced Guterres to keep him on so that his UN pension could vest. Now, while Inner City Press sources tell Inner City Press of moves among some in the Trump administration to belatedly replace Feltman, he goes to North Korea. Is this to try to save his job, to become "indispensable"? Or is it the best way for the US, contemplating military action, to say diplomacy was tried, albeit with a lame duck? While most at the UN, spoon-fed by the reclusive Guterres, haven't hard these questions, others have, for example in South Korea where this article emphasizes Feltman's marginality, returning empty handed. But with Guterres selling himself first to Japan then on Wall Street, they believe the charade can continue. We'll have more on this. Because of today's UN secrecy, it was the North Korean government which issued a read-out of the meetings: "the visit of Jeffrey Feltman, the undersecretary general for political affairs at the U.N., helped the communist nation and U.N. understand each other deeply, and the two sides agreed to have regular communications at various levels, according to the Korean Central News Agency. KCNA reported that North Korea told U.N. officials that current situation on the Korean Peninsula is due to the United States' threat and its wish to launch a nuclear attack against North Korea first. The U.N. officials responded that they will help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula by following the U.N. Charter, which states the organization's mission of maintaining international peace and security, the KCNA added. According to the KCNA, Feltman recognized international sanctions against North Korea are having a negative influence on humanitarian aid there. He visited a children's food factory and a hospital in Pyongyang on Thursday. Feltman was expected to leave Pyongyang on a North Korean Air Koryo passenger jet to land in Beijing on Saturday." Maybe Feltman will speak there, as he so rarely has in his more than five years at the UN. Hett has yet to speak. While SG Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric did not initially confirm Inner City Press noting in "his" UN Press Briefing room that Feltman's predecessor and Ban's brain Kim Won-soo visited DPRK in February 2010 and now some surmise why. The month after that visit described by both as this one should be as having been successful, North Korea sunk South Korea's Cheonan ship, killing 46. And this time? Guterres himself, typically, is avoiding the Press. But multiple sources tell Inner City Press Guterres doled out quotes to media from a major UN funder. This before he whispers again on December 15 in a Wall Street event he'll be sold for $1200 a table at. We'll have more on this. For now, Feltman has issued this read-out: "Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from 5 to 8 December 2017. Mr. Feltman had a series of meetings with H.E. Mr. RI Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. PAK Myong Guk, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, of the DPRK. They exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula and agreed that the current situation was the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today. Mr. Feltman emphasized the need for the full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions.  He also said there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of sincere dialogue. Time is of the essence.   Noting the urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict, Mr. Feltman underlined that the international community, alarmed by escalating tensions, is committed to the achievement of a peaceful solution to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.  Mr. Feltman also met with the United Nations Country Team and members of the diplomatic corps, and visited UN project sites, including a children’s foodstuff factory, TB prevention institute, breast tumour institute, and paediatric hospital. During the site visits he learned about the UN’s life-saving work on the ground as well as the challenges in procurement and funding gaps." And on this: in advance of a December 11, 11:30 am North Korea human rights event announced by the US, it belatedly emerges that the UN Security Council is set to hold a procedural vote at 10 am for a human rights meeting in the Council. Inner City Press twice asked Japan's Koro Bessho, the Council's president for December, about this. The first time he said it was still being worked on. The second time, he walked away. And it was his deputy, not him, who appeared at the Council stakeout on the afternoon of December 8. Inner City Press asked a question and it was partially answered. But it was not Bessho. More on this - and on Feltman and his team's trip to North Korea. It is customary to at least disclose the identities of such a delegation. And so today Inner City Press names two others accompanying Feltman: unsurprisingly the UN Resident Coordinator in DPRK since 2015, Tapan Mishra formerly of Burma Shell Co, and surprising to some, Department of Political Affairs staffer Samuel Martell of the UK, in his position since October 2014. We'll have more on these, amid Guterres increasingly shrunk UN transparency. He banned the Press from his swearing-in of Global Communications boss Alison Smale; now he says that unlike even Ban Ki-moon, he will hold no end of the year press conference, while arranging to be sold on Wall Street for $1200 a table. This is today's UN. As to Hett, she was suggested to (or some say, planted with) Guterres by Feltman during the former's transition, and since then Hett has nearly always been at Guterres' side. For example she took an August 2017 photographof Guterres with Palestine Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah published by the UN Department of Public Information. Inner City Press exclusively quoted DPA whistleblowers that Hett reported back to Feltman all of the people Guterres was interviewing to staff up his administration. (Guterres' spokesman called the questioning despicable.) Now Hett is in North Korea, with Feltman - and Guterres excluded the Press from his December 6 swearing-in of DPI's Alison Smale, here.Guterres is sure to hype up his wor on North Korea in connection with his December 13-14 trip to Japan. But what about Hett? To some, the UN is beginning to mirror Feltman and Hett's host. On December 7 (after the UN noon briefing was canceled on December 6 to a Guterres stakeout without any questions), Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: "the meetings that Mr. Feltman's had in North Korea, but the Swedish ambassador today in front of the Security Council said that he has a report from Sweden's embassy there.  Has Feltman met with any of the remaining diplomatic corps in Pyongyang?  And also, can you say what the composition of his team is?  Is Katrin Hett on it, and if so, is she back with DPA [Department of Political Affairs], and who else is with him?  Usually people do readout who went to a place. Deputy Spokesman:  No.  We're not doing that at this stage.  Like I said, we're waiting until he's completed his visit to be able to provide some details.  And he does intend to brief both the Security Council and the press corps once he's back." 

On North Korea Sanctions, UNSC To Hear From Feltman On Aid Impact, Cardi Says


By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Video

UNITED NATIONS, December 16 – In North Korea accompanying UN Department of Political Affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman was a former staffer of his who now works directly with Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Katrin Hett. (UN's belated read-out below.) Inner City Press exclusively reported this on December 5, and after Guterres canceled his December 6 noon briefing for a stakeout at which he took no questions, asked for confirmation from UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, who typically refused. See below, with two more names. Now the question arises: why did Feltman go? Or, why was it Feltman who went? See below. On December 12 in front of the UN Security Council, Resolution 1718 Sanctions committee chair Sebastiano Cardi of Italy recounted the previous day's committee meeting. Inner City Press asked him about Feltman's read-out about problems with procurement and funding gaps. Cardi indicated the Council would hear of that in a closed door brieifng by Feltman later in the day. Inner City Press exclusive video here. In the UN Security Council on December 11, with no advance notice from the UN, a meeting on North Korea human rights was held, preceded by a procedural vote: ten for holding the meeting,
three against (China, Russia and Bolivia) with
two abstaining: Ethiopia and Egypt, whose state media Akhbar al Yom favored by the UN and awarded Inner City Press' long time work space was again not present. The UN is becoming like... Then a meeting in Conference Room 1, interstitial Periscope here, during right the North Korean mission to the UN sent a statement to the Press referring to the the "non-existent" human rights issue. Attached here on Patreon. Finally, in the afternoon, a North Korea 1718 Sanctions Committee meeting. Inner City Press afterward asked outgoing chair Sebastiano Cardi about Feltman's read-out's reference to problems with "procurement" there; Cardi said he'd wait to hear from Feltman in the coming days. Video here. (Inner City Press hears: afternoon of December 12). Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom was hanging around, leading Inner City Press to again surmise he's talking over the chair of the 1718 committee on Jan 1, something Cardi declined to confirm on camera. How open will Karel van Oosterom be? So far, not. Feltman has served more than five years, having been appointed to the UN under President Obama. Inner City Press reported that Feltman convinced Guterres to keep him on so that his UN pension could vest. Now, while Inner City Press sources tell Inner City Press of moves among some in the Trump administration to belatedly replace Feltman, he goes to North Korea. Is this to try to save his job, to become "indispensable"? Or is it the best way for the US, contemplating military action, to say diplomacy was tried, albeit with a lame duck? While most at the UN, spoon-fed by the reclusive Guterres, haven't hard these questions, others have, for example in South Korea where this article emphasizes Feltman's marginality, returning empty handed. But with Guterres selling himself first to Japan then on Wall Street, they believe the charade can continue. We'll have more on this. Because of today's UN secrecy, it was the North Korean government which issued a read-out of the meetings: "the visit of Jeffrey Feltman, the undersecretary general for political affairs at the U.N., helped the communist nation and U.N. understand each other deeply, and the two sides agreed to have regular communications at various levels, according to the Korean Central News Agency. KCNA reported that North Korea told U.N. officials that current situation on the Korean Peninsula is due to the United States' threat and its wish to launch a nuclear attack against North Korea first. The U.N. officials responded that they will help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula by following the U.N. Charter, which states the organization's mission of maintaining international peace and security, the KCNA added. According to the KCNA, Feltman recognized international sanctions against North Korea are having a negative influence on humanitarian aid there. He visited a children's food factory and a hospital in Pyongyang on Thursday. Feltman was expected to leave Pyongyang on a North Korean Air Koryo passenger jet to land in Beijing on Saturday." Maybe Feltman will speak there, as he so rarely has in his more than five years at the UN. Hett has yet to speak. While SG Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric did not initially confirm Inner City Press noting in "his" UN Press Briefing room that Feltman's predecessor and Ban's brain Kim Won-soo visited DPRK in February 2010 and now some surmise why. The month after that visit described by both as this one should be as having been successful, North Korea sunk South Korea's Cheonan ship, killing 46. And this time? Guterres himself, typically, is avoiding the Press. But multiple sources tell Inner City Press Guterres doled out quotes to media from a major UN funder. This before he whispers again on December 15 in a Wall Street event he'll be sold for $1200 a table at. We'll have more on this. For now, Feltman has issued this read-out: "Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from 5 to 8 December 2017. Mr. Feltman had a series of meetings with H.E. Mr. RI Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. PAK Myong Guk, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, of the DPRK. They exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula and agreed that the current situation was the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today. Mr. Feltman emphasized the need for the full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions.  He also said there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved through a process of sincere dialogue. Time is of the essence.   Noting the urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict, Mr. Feltman underlined that the international community, alarmed by escalating tensions, is committed to the achievement of a peaceful solution to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.  Mr. Feltman also met with the United Nations Country Team and members of the diplomatic corps, and visited UN project sites, including a children’s foodstuff factory, TB prevention institute, breast tumour institute, and paediatric hospital. During the site visits he learned about the UN’s life-saving work on the ground as well as the challenges in procurement and funding gaps." And on this: in advance of a December 11, 11:30 am North Korea human rights event announced by the US, it belatedly emerges that the UN Security Council is set to hold a procedural vote at 10 am for a human rights meeting in the Council. Inner City Press twice asked Japan's Koro Bessho, the Council's president for December, about this. The first time he said it was still being worked on. The second time, he walked away. And it was his deputy, not him, who appeared at the Council stakeout on the afternoon of December 8. Inner City Press asked a question and it was partially answered. But it was not Bessho. More on this - and on Feltman and his team's trip to North Korea. It is customary to at least disclose the identities of such a delegation. And so today Inner City Press names two others accompanying Feltman: unsurprisingly the UN Resident Coordinator in DPRK since 2015, Tapan Mishra formerly of Burma Shell Co, and surprising to some, Department of Political Affairs staffer Samuel Martell of the UK, in his position since October 2014. We'll have more on these, amid Guterres increasingly shrunk UN transparency. He banned the Press from his swearing-in of Global Communications boss Alison Smale; now he says that unlike even Ban Ki-moon, he will hold no end of the year press conference, while arranging to be sold on Wall Street for $1200 a table. This is today's UN. As to Hett, she was suggested to (or some say, planted with) Guterres by Feltman during the former's transition, and since then Hett has nearly always been at Guterres' side. For example she took an August 2017 photographof Guterres with Palestine Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah published by the UN Department of Public Information. Inner City Press exclusively quoted DPA whistleblowers that Hett reported back to Feltman all of the people Guterres was interviewing to staff up his administration. (Guterres' spokesman called the questioning despicable.) Now Hett is in North Korea, with Feltman - and Guterres excluded the Press from his December 6 swearing-in of DPI's Alison Smale, here.Guterres is sure to hype up his wor on North Korea in connection with his December 13-14 trip to Japan. But what about Hett? To some, the UN is beginning to mirror Feltman and Hett's host. On December 7 (after the UN noon briefing was canceled on December 6 to a Guterres stakeout without any questions), Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: "the meetings that Mr. Feltman's had in North Korea, but the Swedish ambassador today in front of the Security Council said that he has a report from Sweden's embassy there.  Has Feltman met with any of the remaining diplomatic corps in Pyongyang?  And also, can you say what the composition of his team is?  Is Katrin Hett on it, and if so, is she back with DPA [Department of Political Affairs], and who else is with him?  Usually people do readout who went to a place. Deputy Spokesman:  No.  We're not doing that at this stage.  Like I said, we're waiting until he's completed his visit to be able to provide some details.  And he does intend to brief both the Security Council and the press corps once he's back."