Socialist United Nations boss Antonio Guterres said foreign UN workers on U.S. soil would be allowed to protest against police and alleged “racism” in America, allowing agents of hostile foreign regimes with diplomatic immunity to meddle in American politics.
This is in flagrant violation of the UN’s own policies outlining the rights and duties of UN staff members, as described in Status, basic rights and duties of United Nations staff members.
“It is the clear duty of all international civil servants to maintain the best possible relations with Governments and avoid any action that might impair this,” explains the UN policy on standards of conduct.
“They should not interfere in the policies or affairs of Governments,” the policy continues. “It is unacceptable for them, either individually or collectively, to criticize or try to discredit a Government.”
The UN document is full of other specific policies stating that UN staff must refrain from involvement and interference in national politics of their host countries.
Another UN document, Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service, echoes those guidelines.
“While their personal views remain inviolate, international civil servants do not have the freedom of private persons to take sides or to express their convictions publicly on controversial matters, either individually or as members of a group, irrespective of the medium used,” the standards state.
The decision by UN Secretary-General Guterres, who previously led the powerful globalist and Marxist umbrella group known as Socialist International, drew fierce criticism, even from some UN staffers.
One reporter asked whether UN staff would be allowed to join KKK rallies, or only demonstrations that UN bosses agree with.
A spokesman for the secretary-general refused to discuss specifics, saying only that UN staff should use “common sense.”
The decision came just days after the UN “human rights” chief, Latin American Communist operative Michele Bachelet, criticized alleged “structural racism” in the United States.
Bachelet, who defected to the murderous regime enslaving East Germany, urged U.S. authorities to address the “deep-seated” grievances and “socio-economic inequality” at the heart of the protests that have broken out following the police killing of Floyd.
While Guterres said international UN staff members would be allowed to participate in national protests targeting U.S. police, he added that it must be in an “entirely private capacity.”
“This stance of the UN Secretary-General is total idiocy since UN rules do not provide for political actions by UN staff even in their private capacity,” a former senior UN official told The Liberty Sentinel.
In a letter to staff that followed public push-back from the UN’s own special rapporteur on freedom of assembly, Guterres insisted that a memo from its ethics board did not mean that staff were required to “remain neutral or impartial in the face of racism.”
“The position of the UN on racism is crystal clear: this scourge violates the charter and debases our core values,” Guterres wrote to staff. “Every day, in our work across the world, we strive to do our part to promote inclusion, justice, dignity and combat racism in all its manifestations.”
His second letter follows guidance, issued late last week, in which UN employees were rightfully told that as “international civil servants” they should not participate in public demonstrations.
“Participation in public demonstrations in the current circumstances may not be consistent with the independence and impartiality required of us as international civil servants,” said the memo, which was later on contested by the Communist Chinese-dominated UN Secretariat.
Interestingly, when the Communist Chinese regime slaughtered thousands of peaceful protesters at Tienanmen Square, the UN boss at the time noted that the global outfit’s charter prohibits interference in the internal affairs of member regimes. The charter has not been changed since then.
Still, the regime in Beijing is very pleased to see UN staff openly and directly criticizing the U.S. government and changing the focus away from its responsibility for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Among those who went public criticizing the memo was the special rapporteur on freedom of assembly Clément Voule, who posted a highly critical statement on his office’s website.
“I encourage the UN to allow their staff to publicly join this important and historical movement to end institutional and other forms of racism and violence,” said Voule, who comes from Togo, where authorities are in Beijing’s grip.
In short, under apparent Chinese pressure and with obvious political benefits, Guterres sold out the UN’s impartiality and changed his mind in the new communication sent personally to staff in which he insisted that the ban is no more.
“To the contrary, there is no ban on personal expressions of solidarity or acts of peaceful civic engagement, provided they are carried out in an entirely private capacity,” he said.
This is despite the fact that “it is crystal clear that such protest activities on U.S. territory are totally incompatible with the duties and obligations of the very well paid with US taxpayer money international civil servants,” said the UN source, who requested anonymity to speak frankly.
The U.S. State Department has remained silent even as the UN has clearly taken a hostile political stance against the U.S. government and the American people.
This is one of many reasons why lawmakers behind the American Sovereignty Restoration Act believe it is important to get the U.S. government out of the UN, and the UN out of the United States.
Watch Congressman Thomas Massie, chief sponsor of the bill, explain why it is needed:
Americans who don’t think foreigners with diplomatic immunity paid by U.S. taxpayers ought to be protesting against America are encouraged to contact their elected officials and the White House in support of the bill.