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Posted on on August 5th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (

Tawakkol Karman is in the news:

Tawakkol Karman banned from entering Egypt
Daily News Egypt – 15 hours ago

Yemeni activist and Nobel Prize winner, Tawakkol Karman, banned from entering Egypt and deported back to Yemen.
Egypt bans Nobel Peace winner Tawakkol Karman – – 17 hours ago

Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of
her work in nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights …

Tawakkol Karman – Facts –

All Nobel Peace Prizes ยท All Nobel Prizes in 2011. The Nobel Peace Prize 2011.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman …

Egypt denies entry to Yemeni Nobel laureate – 3 hours ago

Peace prize winner Tawakul Karman who voiced support for ousted president Mohamed Morsi was put on flight back to Dubai.
Security tightens around shuttered Yemen embassies after militant warning
Reuters – 6 hours ago

Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize winner barred from entering Egypt
Reuters – 17 hours ago


from the UN – the link to Matthew Russell Lee reporting for Inner City Press to…

“Since UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with much fanfare put Tawakkol Karmen on his Post-2015 Development panel (while his Secretariat threatened the Press for signing her into the UN where she dared speak at the UN Security Council stakeout, Inner City Press has asked Ban’s three spokespeople for comment on her detention.

It will be, for the UN, a gut-check on the “Arab Spring.” Many expected Ban to follow the African Union and call the military ouster of elected president Morsi a coup. But Ban did not.

A high ranking UN official, nonetheless afraid of retaliation for speaking on the record, told Inner City Press this silence harmed what was left of the UN’s moral capital, to call things by their name. If the US called it a coup, financing would be stopped a matter of law. But why would the UN follow suit? How can the UN now denounce other future coups?”

On the day Inner City Press signed Tawakkol Karman into the UN, at her request, the Security Council was considering Yemen. She stepped to the UNTV microphone and spoke; halfway through the Council ambassador in the lead (or “with the pen”) on Yemen, the UK’s Mark Lyall Grant, came out and stood by – smiling. (The generally responsive Lyall Grant has also be asked if the UK has any comment.)

But after the UN initially didn’t air the footage of Tawakkol Karman speaking about Yemen – they blamed this on a cut cable – they told Inner City Press its accreditation was in jeopardy for signing her in.

Now the same Department of Public Information says Inner City Press accreditation can be suspended or withdrawn for hanging the sign of a new organization, the Free UN Coalition for Access, on the door of its shared office. According to the UN DPI, there can be only one media organization in the UN – one that it uses for its own purposes. One party systems? No comment on coups or detentions and banning?”

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