23 NOVEMBER 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Okay.  Thank you.  The Palestinian Authorities are clamping down on those critics of going back to the security coordination with Israel.  The latest, they arrested Nizar Banat — Banat, his last name is B‑a‑n‑a‑t — for issuing a YouTube video criticizing the Authority.  They also called for questioning a broadcast — young female, not well‑known radio producer also for questioning.  So, there are a number of statements issued to criticise that, including the Euro‑Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and others.

Do we expect a statement from the…  Mr. Mladenov or from any other UN agency?

Spokesman:  I’m not aware of the particular case, but what I can tell you, clearly, from our standpoint, is that people should be able to express their political opinions freely and free from any harassment or intimidation.

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Question:  Hi, Steph.  Do you have any update on the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) situation and shortage of funds?

Spokesman:  No.  That’s a good question.  I…  strangely enough, I was thinking about it over the weekend and forgot to ask.  So, we’ll try to get you something later today or tomorrow.

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For information media. Not an official record.