UNSG Guterres For China Now Censors In Geneva As He Has In NY For 429 Days Banning Press For CEFC China Energy
By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Letter PFTracker, Vine video
UN GATE, Sept 5 – Before Inner City Press was roughed up by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ Security on June 22 and July 3, 2018 and banned since then, it insistently asked for disclosure of Guterres’ links to convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy and silence on China’s abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
The questions are not been answered by Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who on 2 November 2018 simply bicycled away as Inner City Press asked about Guterres’ failure in Cameroon and attempt to get even Park East Synagogue to oust Inner City Press from covering his 31 October 2018 speech about tolerance.
Now after on August 30 Guterres and his USG Melissa Fleming denied Inner City Press’ application to even enter the UN to cover the UNGA high level week like dozens from Chinese state media, this: “The letter by 135 NGOs urges UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet to condemn China’s escalating abuse of UN rules to censor, interrupt and block references at the world body to its detention of an estimated 1 million Muslim Uighurs. The joint complaint references an incident in March, widely shared on social media, in which UN Watch director Hillel Neuer took the floor at the UN Human Rights Council to condemn China’s abuses of Uighur Muslims. Neuer was interrupted three times by the Communist regime’s delegates in an attempt to shut down his testimony. As noted in the complaint, UNHRC President Coly Seck of Senegal urged Neuer to “stick to the agenda item” on racial discrimination, implying that China’s abuses against Muslim Uighurs did not qualify. Later in the debate, however, Seck told China to “prevent disturbing the proceedings of the room the next time.” When UN Watch submitted the joint complaint by 125 NGOs about the incident, the UNHRC secretariat—in a break from past practice—refused to publish it, together with four other submissions. “In our 15 years of submitting written statements to the UN for publication, this is the first time I’ve experienced such blatant, heavy-handed and unapologetic censorship,” said Neuer today. “In 2005 and 2010, the UN asked us to make certain modest edits to written statements, such as replacing the word ‘regime’ with ‘government’, but we’ve never seen anything like this before.” “That the UN is now barring the entire publication of major NGO statements while refusing to tell us which word, sentence or even statement is allegedly in breach of a UN rule is simply Kafkaesque. By exercising arbitrary censorship, the UN is also in breach of our right to freedom of expression, as guaranteed under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.” Also Censored: Complaint Over UN Handing Names of Dissidents to China One of the other censored UN Watch submissions urged the UNHRC secretariat to stop its potentially life-threatening practice of providing China with names of human rights dissidents who are accredited to attend UN sessions. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Block, replying to queries filed by lawmakers, noted that the UN Ethics Office confirmed that a “list of names” of activists registered to attend sessions of the UN Human Rights Council was handed to Chinese authorities by OHCHR. Whistelblower Emma Reilly tried to stop this practice, and was stifled; her case before a UN tribunal has now been stopped after the UN chief removed the judge at the last minute. UN Refuses to Specify Reasons for Censorship On July 30th, after UN Watch had asked why its statements were not published, the UN refused to specify which statements or words it found objectionable, instead making only a general remark that submissions must be “relevant to the work of the Human Rights Council” and must not contain “personal attacks against individuals.” The UN failed to specify where the complaint had allegedly violated any UN rule or regulation. In reaction to this unprecedented censorship, UN Watch filed an appeal with the UN Secretary-General on August 8th, protesting the “alarming” UNHRC action, and noting its selectivity. The appeal also noted that the HRC Secretariat’s failure to specify specific objections to the submission “infringes on NGO rights and appears to be a form of censorship.” Yesterday, in a meeting with the President of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, his advisor confirmed that UN Watch’s appeal to UN chief Guterres was rejected. Eric Tistounet, Chief of the Human Rights Council Branch at the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), stated that the UN has the right to “intervene” to prevent written submissions which include “personal attacks,” and that in doing so the UN is “not censoring anybody.” Listen here at 5:38-6:54…
There are the groups that signed on – and which should take action on Guterres’ wider corruption with China and censorship of Inner City Press from the UNGA week: Hillel C. Neuer, Executive Director, United Nations Watch, Switzerland Souad Talsi MBE, Founder, Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Project, United Kingdom Mia Hasenson-Gross, Executive Director, Rene Cassin, United Kingdom Valle Thierry, Président, Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience, France Marie-Anne Delahaut, President-CEO, Millennia 2025 Women & Innovation Foundation, Belgium Jean Paul Laurent, Founder-CEO, Unspoken Smiles Foundation, France Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, Canada Temour Shah, Program Coordinator, Rural Community Development Program, Pakistan Mariam Ina Koita, Vice President, Inter-Action Globale, Mali Charles Phillips, Executive Director, Service For Peace, Inc., United States Erold Elcius, Président, Organisation Conseillère pour le Développement Économique et Social de la Commune des Gonaïves, Haiti Jenifer White, Founder, Project 1948 Foundation, United States Ashot Ayrapetyan, Director, Center for Interethnic Cooperation, United States Kenneth Amoateng, Executive Director, Abibimman Foundation, United States Tall Lacina, Président, Comité/Club Unesco Universitaire pour la Lutte Contre la Drogue et autres pandémies (CLUCOD), Côte D’Ivoire Margaret Mayce, Main Representative, Dominican Leadership Conference, United States Karim D. Philips, President, Young Heart Foundation, Ghana Kwegueng Emile, Secrétaire Exécutif, Build Africa, Cameroon Ramakrishnan Nagarajan, Executive Director, Ideosync Media Combine, India François Simon Pierre Ngan Tonye, CEO, Association des Ressortissants et Amis D’Eseka, Cameroon Lukman Adefolahan, Lead Coordinator, 21st Century Community Empowerment for Youth and Women Initiative, Nigeria Aisha Ahmed, Chairperson, Murna Foundation, Nigeria Mange Ram Adhana, President, Association for Promotion Sustainable Development, India Rose Ngalula, Co-Founder, Action Communautaire Femme et Enfant, Democratic Republic of the Congo Padonou Sourou Fabrice, Président, Mouvement des Jeunes pour le Réveil et le Développement (MJRD), Bénin Damien Noma, Executive Director, Association Respect Cameroun, Cameroon Dr. Dominic Dixon, Executive Director, More Trust, India Teh Francis, Director, Goodness and Mercy Missions Common Initiative Group, Cameroon Vera Da Ros, President, Brazilian Harm Reduction and Human Rights Network – REDUC, Brazil Pierrette J. Cazeau, President & Founder, Haiti Cholera Research Funding Foundation Inc., United States Rashid Anyetei Odoi, Executive Director, Free World Foundation (FWF), Ghana Marcel Saturnin Kouna, Président National, Association nationale de promotion et de protection des droits de l’homme, Cameroon Thierno Hamidou Balde, Executive Director, Zero Pauvre Afrique, Guinea Victor Amisi, Executive Director, Vision GRAM-International, Canada Dosse Sossouga, Executive Director, Amis des Étrangers au Togo (A.D.E.T), Togo Francis N. Nchu, Director, Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance – Cameroon, Cameroon Michael Enahoro, Executive Director, Excellent World Foundation LTD/GTE, Cameroon Roger Lokapatchu, Directeur Général, Association locale pour le développement intégral, Democratic Republic of the Congo Datuk Agung Sidayu, Chairman, Yayasan Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia Darren Harper, President, Maawandoon Inc., Canada Mohamed Hassan, CEO, Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee (HAVOYOCO), Ethiopia Sylvanus Murray, President, Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID), United States Alan Owen, Chairman, British Nuclear Test Veterans Association, United Kingdom Samir Kumar Das, Advocate & Chairman, International Movement for Advancement of Education Culture Social & Economic Development (IMAECSED), India Sandeep Ahuja, CEO, Operation ASHA, India Patrick Spencer, Executive Director, Cork Forest Conservation Alliance, United States Iba Sarr, Directeur des Programmes, Rencontre Africaine pour la défense des droits de l’homme, Senegal Sudaba Shiraliyeva, Director, “Women and Modern World” Social Charitable Centre, Azerbaijan Dr. Alan Goldsmith, President, The Jewish Renaissance Foundation, United States Banding Gassama, Président, Cause Première, Senegal Anne Trehern, Secrétaire Générale, United Villages (Villages Unis), Switzerland Botnaru Petru, Director, Terra-1530, Moldova Hermann Koffi Kouame, Président, Change Human’s Life, Côte D’Ivoire Prof. Rajendra Pratap Gupta, President, Disease Management Association of India, India Getro Mathieu, Executive Director, Action Secours Ambulance (ASA), Haiti Lucica Humenuc, President, SIRDO – Romanian Independent Society of Human Rights, Romania Omonade Kejekpo, Executive Director, Poverty Alleviation for the Poor Initiative, Nigeria Eskinder Kebede, Managing Director, Ethiopia Change and Development Association, Ethiopia Robert Kibaya, Executive Director, Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO), Uganda Godwin Osung, Founder, Godwin Osung International Foundation, Inc. (African Project), Nigeria Ahmed Pathan, President & CEO, Green Planet, India McShimana Jacobs Akem, Project Director, I.D.S-Intercommunity Development Social Organisation, Nigeria Churchill Butalia, Coordinator, Alliance for Development and Population Services (ADEPS), Kenya Descartes Mponge Malasi, Executive Director, ACADHOSHA (Action des Chrétiens Activistes des Droits de l’homme à Shabunda), Democratic Republic of the Congo Fongoh Eric, General Coordinator, ICENECDEV-International Centre for Environmental Education and Community Development, Cameroon Moussa Gawi, Président, Association Mauritanienne Pour la Promotion des Droits de L’homme AMPDH, Mauritania Anand Karunakaran, Founder, Child Care Consortium, India Lufuluabo Kabambi Thierry, Président, African Development Assistance Consult, Democratic Republic of the Congo Mamadou Sarr, Secrétaire Exécutif, Association Nationale des Partenaires Migrants, Senegal Tohfa Eminova, President, Azerbaijani American Cultural Association in Florida, United States Ataurrahman Khan, Executive President, National Women’s Welfare Society Darwha, India Mbuh Raphael Mbuh, President, FI.MO.AT.C.I.G, Cameroon Prince Charles Sackeyfio, President, Emperor Gaza International Foundation, Ghana Rana Abdul Sattar, CEO & President, World Welfare Association, Pakistan Obuesi Phillips, Global Director, Community Agenda for Peace, Nigeria Teresa Kotturan, Main NGO Representative, Sisters of Charity Federation, United States Romuald Djivoessoun, Directeur Exécutif, Autre Vie, Benin Tijani Abdlumumin, Senior Youth Coordinator, Asabe Shehu Yar Adua Foundation, United States Hazel Dukes, Links NGO Representative, The Links Inc., United States Yves Laurin, President, French Committee for South Africa (Comité Français Pour l’Afrique du Sud), France Shola Mese, Founder, Shola Mese Foundation, Nigeria Spanana Ole Meitiaki, Program Coordinator, Ilngwesi Afya Program, Kenya Emil Kambala, Secretary, Fondation Nehemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo Braema Mathi, President, Singapore Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore Sheldon Clare, President, Canada’s National Firearms Association, Canada Germaine Tuamba, CEO, Centre d’Accompagnement des Filles Désoeuvrées, Democratic Republic of the Congo Muzaffer Baca, Vice President, International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation, Turkey Bikash Rautray, Secretary, Association for Rural Area Social Modification, Improvement and Nestling (ARASMIN), India Taz Mukorombindo, CEO, Canterbury & New Zealand Business Association Inc., New Zealand Mohammad Safi Ul Alam, Founder & CEO, Youth Foundation of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Lakshmikanta Singh, Executive Director, Ethnic Community Development Organization (ECDO), Bangladesh Amjad Khan, President, Ekta Welfare Society, India Mohammed Masood Mohiuddin, Chairman, AIM Education & Research Society, India Moussa Mahamadou, Coordinator, Association pour la Lutte contre le Travail des Enfants au Niger (ALTEN), Niger Salim Khan, General Secretary, Social Development and Management Society, India Télesphore Balonga, Président, Centre d’Accueil et de Volontariat pour Orphelins Abandonnés et Handicapés du Cameroun, Cameroon Gugulethu Resha, Intern – Youth Programs & Capacity Building, South African Institute of International Affairs, South Africa Alain Ilunga wa Ilunga, Président, Bureau Pour la Croissance Intégrale et la Dignité de L’enfant, Democratic Republic of Congo Gertrude Kenyangi, Executive Director, Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), Uganda Abdoullah Bazyar, President, Internationale Gemeinschaft für die Unterstützung von Kriegsopfern e.V., Germany Altin Hazizaj, Director, Children’s Human Rights Centre of Albania, Albania Souvi Sidi Batt, Président, L’observatoire Maurtanien des Droits de l’homme et de la Démocratie, Mauritania Rachel Nisbet, Communications, International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance, Switzerland Imtiaz Ahmed, Chief Executive, DESSI International, Pakistan Henry Appiah, International Coordinator, City 2000 Youth Action International, Ghana Philippe Nanga, Coordinateur, Association Un Monde Avenir, Cameroon David Borden, Executive Director, DRCNet Foundation, United States Nick Kent, National Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Australia, Australia Paul Usi Elomien, Executive Director, Community Social Welfare Foundation, Nigeria Emmanuel Sevidzem, Managing Director, Technical Centre for Fine Art and Computer Studies CIG Group (TechCeFaCos), Cameroon Abul Lkair, President, Mankind Welfare Organization, Pakistan Babatope Babalobi, Executive Director, Bread of Life Development Foundation, Nigeria Awoussi Koura-Napo, Présidente, Association Togolaise Femmes et Sida, Togo Davy Koller, President, Österreichische Lebens – Rettungs – Gesellschaft Bundesverband Österreich (OLRG), Austria Nathaniel Odudele, President, African Heritage Foundation Nigeria, Nigeria Abayomi Olatunji, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Development and Support Initiative, Nigeria Moka Gabriel, President, Kalipa Foundation for Development, Democratic Republic of Congo Mashario Sakata, Chairperson of the Board, Japan Asia Cultural Exchanges (JACE), United States Kofi Kankam, President & CEO, Elizka Relief Foundation, Ghana Hilaire Bell, Présidente, Cercle de Recherche sur les Droits et les Devoirs de la Personne Humaine (CRED), Switzerland Sylvia Briggs, CEO, Women Educators Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Cheikh Mohamed Vadhel Cheikh, Coordinator, Association Mauritanienne pour la Transparence et le Développement (ATED), Mauritania Dr. George-Hill Anthony, CEO, Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group, Nigeria Yvonne Singleton Davis, Founder, Sister to Sister One in the Spirit, Inc., United States Jay Sorensen, President, Kids First Fund, United States Phillip Phinn, President General, Word of Life Christian Fellowship, Jamaica Ann Fordham, Executive Director, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), United Kingdom Dopé Adjoko Benedicta Koudadje-Assagba, Directrice Exécutive, Credo Action, Togo Neil Belanger, Executive Director, BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, Canada Didier Kiyanga Mundonda, President, Coup de Pouce, Democratic Republic of Congo Ibrahim Salih, Director, Local Action Organization, Sudan David Younus, Chairman, All Christians Welfare Association, Pakistan John Lupoli, Archbishop, World Council of Independent Christian Churches, United States Tiffany Taylor, President, Sociologists for Women in Society, United States Nicholas Kunga, Director, Volunteers For Africa, Kenya Rami Harajli, Managing Director, Medrar Foundation, Lebanon.”