No doubt the headline sounds like a massive conspiracy theory of the tinfoil hat kind, but if we had not seen the reports ourselves and the documentation, we wouldn’t have believed it, either.
That said, if you really wondered why President Donald Trump has no tolerance anymore for the globalist organizations his predecessors tolerated and funded while their friends and associates among the world elite relied on them to move their socialist agenda, this should answer it.
In June, to little fanfare, a report in Foreign Policy noted that after United Nations officials initially told their staffers not to participate in any of the demonstrations in the U.S. following the unfortunate death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, UN Secretary-General António Guterres “reversed course.”
He informed UN personnel in an email that there’s “no ban on personal expressions of solidarity or acts of peaceful civic engagement, provided they are carried out in an entirely private capacity.”
Speaking to U.N. staffers at a virtual town hall meeting last week, Guterres had acknowledged that many U.N. colleagues “would like to be more vocal and active” in response to the popular protests against racism and police brutality in New York and beyond, according to a video recording of the event obtained by Foreign Policy. But he said they would have to restrain themselves.
“We are all shocked by the brutality of the murder of George Floyd. … It’s important to recognize that at the center of [this crisis] there is a serious question of racism,” he said. But he cautioned that U.N. staffers’ status as international civil servants placed “limitations” on their freedom to speak out or act.
The UN chief reminded staffers that anyone who wanted to express their support for the protests had to limit their activities to reposting tweets and social media messages by him and other senior UN officials.
“There is one thing we can all do, which is to retweet, to spread the U.N. messages that have been issued already in relation to [the protests], and this can be done by everybody and multiply and amplify those messages that are messages against racism, that are messages against police brutality, that are message against inequalities and discrimination,” Guterres said.
However, that decision got a lot of pushback from several staffers at the UN, some of whom claimed that the organization’s charter specifically recognized staffers’ rights to free speech and expression (and let’s never forget that those universal human rights were first enshrined in the U.S. Constitution).
“While I understand the need to ensure the impartiality of its international civil service, it is clear that internal UN rules cannot override broad international human rights norms applied in every nation,” Clément Voule, the UN’s special rapporteur on rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. (Related: United Nations now targeting free speech on a global scale, under the banner of fighting “hate speech.”)
“The issues at the heart of the protests that have unfolded since the killing of George Floyd are the same fundamental issues that the UN has been fighting for since its establishment,” said Voule, a Tongolese lawyer. “The UN has been at the forefront of the fight against racism and discrimination. This is the reason why people have taken to the streets and why UN staff should be able to join them.”
(Yes, well, try exerting that right in China, Mr. Voule.)
Within two days, the UN put out a press release condemning the alleged mistreatment of journalists covering the protests, which were becoming increasingly violent.
“We have received numerous reports of journalists attacked, harassed, arrested and detained in the course of their work covering protests in the United States against systemic racism and police brutality in the United States,” said David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur.
“The targeting of media workers with lethal or less-lethal force for doing their work is prohibited under international human rights law and contrary to best policing standards. Those violating such rules must be subject to accountability and disciplinary processes,” he added.
Rioters — even if they claim to be reporters — are still rioters. But this brazen attempt by a globalist body to interfere in American domestic affairs is outrageous. The Trump administration should make it crystal clear the UN has no jurisdiction on American soil and should never attempt to exert any.