23 NOVEMBER 2020
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Questions and Answers
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.
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.
For information media. Not an official record.
Document Sources: Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Global Communications, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Subject: Assistance, Refugees and displaced persons, Security issues
Publication Date: 23/11/2020
URL source: https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/db201123.doc.htm