GENEVA / HRC KERRY

02-Mar-2015 00:02:46
Speaking at the Human Rights Council, the US Secretary of State John Kerry called on the UN to examine human rights violations in Ukraine. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / HRC KERRY
TRT: 02:46
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE:2 MARCH 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, external, Palais des Nations

2 MARCH 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) John Kerry, US Secretary of State:
“In parts of the Middle East and Africa, violent extremists have made it clear that not only do they have zero regard for human rights, they have zero regard for human life. Period. We’ve seen groups like DASH burn human beings alive, barbarically behead prisoners, sell girls into slavery, and execute widely and indiscriminately. And recently the UN reported the horrifying ways that DASH treats even its most vulnerable captives. Crucifying children, burying children alive, hand picking mentally challenged children to serve as suicide bombers and kill even more innocent people. Almost every week brings new examples of just how far the evil of these groups reaches.”
4. Cutaway , UK delegate
5. SOUNDBITE (English). John Kerry, US Secretary of State:
“In North Korea tens of thousands of people live as virtual slaves in 2015. There is no freedom of expression, worship, or political dissent. Kim Jung Un executes those who disagree with him, purging his country with anyone who knows or indeed imagines to be disloyal.”
6. Cutaway, High Commissioner Zeid
7. SOUNDBITE (English) John Kerry, US Secretary of State:
“And then there’s the crisis in Ukraine, and here I urge the council….look at the facts, do not allow yourselves to be misled. In Crimea and the separatists controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, men, women and children are being killed, they’re being tortured, they’re being raped and sexually assaulted. Detained arbitrarily, abducted for ransom, forced into labour, prosecuted and persecuted because of who they are and what they worship. And that is what is happening and it’s up to the HRC to shed light on it and to help hold accountable those who violate those human rights.”
8. Cutaway, US delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) John Kerry, US Secretary of State:
“No one in this room can deny that is an unbalanced focus on one democratic country. No other nation has an entire agenda item set aside to deal with it. Year after year, there are five or six separate resolutions on Israel.”
10. Cutaway, Russian delegation
11. Cutaway, EU delegation
STORYLINE
US Secretary of State John Kerry called on the UN to examine rights violations in Ukraine.

Speaking at the Human Rights Council after meeting his Russian counterpart, Sergi Lavrov, Mr Kerry urged the council to look at the facts.

Kerry said “do not allow yourselves to be misled. In Crimea and the seperatists controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, men, women and children are being killed, they’re being tortured, they’re being raped and sexually assaulted.”

The talks - the first since Kerry accused Russia of lying about its role in Ukraine's war - coincided with the release of a UN human rights report. The report states that the conflict has claimed at least 6,000 lives, with hundreds killed in the past few weeks alone, although it says that the real number of fatalities could be considerably higher.

Kerry also used the opportunity to defend Israel, urging Council’s members to end what the United States says is its unfair and biased focus.

He said "every year there are five or six resolutions on Israel."

He pointed out as an example the efforts of Syrian President Bashar Assad to table a resolution against Israel while refugees are fleeing the Syrian civil war to receive medical treatment in Israel.
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