GENEVA / ZEID OPT

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said “compliance with international law and ensuring its respect are not optional” adding that human rights violations were “not symptoms” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rather “further fuel the cycle of violence which has now persisted for half a century.” UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / ZEID OPT
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DATELINE: 19 JUNE 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

19 JUNE 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Pan, ceiling human rights room down to delegates
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Compliance with international law, and ensuring its respect, are not optional. They are the sine qua non condition for peace. All the reports analysed by my office in the present review indicate that the general patterns of human rights violations and non-implementation of recommendations are not merely symptoms of the conflict, but further fuel the cycle of violence which has now persisted for half a century.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“To break this cycle, the root causes must be addressed. These include bringing the occupation to an end and addressing the security concerns of Israel. Respect for human rights is the path which leads out of this conflict, creating the space for peace. This requires real political will and commitment by all stakeholders.”
6. close up, camerawoman
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations in Geneva:
“[Israel] continues its refusal to comply with the advisory decision of the ICJ from 2004, rejects cooperation with the International Criminal Court, and rejects Security Council and General Assembly resolutions and the decisions of the specialized agencies and does not respect their charters. It renounces signed agreements and continues with its daily violations and abuses as an occupying power for 50 years.”
8. Med shot, empty chair of Israeli delegation
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations in Geneva:
“We want to reaffirm the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to pressure Israel, the occupying power, to end settlement activity and take all the necessary measures which ensure that the rule of law applies to settlers and guarantees the protection of Palestinian civilians. We also call on the international community to stop direct or indirect support for the settlements in accordance with Article 5 of Security Council Resolution 2334. We call on Israeli and transnational companies to end their activities in the settlements, on the basis of international laws and norms, including the guidelines related to business activities and human rights.”
10. Wide shot, podium panellists
11. Zoom in, empty chair Israel

STORYLINE:

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said “compliance with international law and ensuring its respect are not optional” adding that human rights violations were “not symptoms” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rather “further fuel the cycle of violence which has now persisted for half a century.”

Presenting his report on violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories today (19 Jun) in Geneva, Zeid said to break this cycle of violence, the occupation must and Israel’s security concerns must be addressed. He noted that respect for human rights “is the path which leads out of this conflict, creating the space for peace” adding that this would require real political will and commitment by all stakeholders.

Zeid said the report documented failures by all of the parties to fully implement the vast majority of recommendations by human rights commissions and by the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner. Recommendations to all parties had been grouped into thematic areas such as accountability and access to justice, international engagement, right to liberty and treatment in detention, settlements, freedom of movement and other rights.

Palestinian Ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi said the two parties were treated equally in the report despite Palestinians being under occupation. He added, “[Israel] continues its refusal to comply with the advisory decision of the ICJ from 2004, rejects cooperation with the International Criminal Court, and rejects Security Council and General Assembly resolutions and the decisions of the specialized agencies and does not respect their charters. It renounces signed agreements and continues with its daily violations and abuses as an occupying power for 50 years.”

Khraishi called on the international community to “shoulder its responsibilities to pressure Israel, the occupying power, to end settlement activity and take all the necessary measures which ensure that the rule of law applies to settlers and guarantees the protection of Palestinian civilians.” Khraishi also called countries to stop “direct or indirect support for the settlements” in accordance with resolution 2334 and called on Israeli and transnational companies to end their activities in the settlements.
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