GENEVA / PARIS ATTACKS AFTERMATH

17-Nov-2015 00:02:29
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said refugees should not be turned into scapegoats following the terrorist attacks in Paris and that it is “disturbed” by the language that demonizes refugees as a group. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / PARIS ATTACKS AFTERMATH
TRT: 2:29
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS
DATELINE: 17 NOVEMBER 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND/RECENT
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1. Aerial shot, Palais des Nations

17 NOVEMBER 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, Chief Spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“We are concerned about the reactions from some States to end these very programmes that would manage the flow of people that are being put in place, backtracking from commitments made such as for relocation, or proposing the erection of more fences or barriers.”
4. Med shot, United Nations logo
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, Chief Spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“We are also deeply disturbed by language that demonizes refugees as a group. This is dangerous and it will contribute to xenophobia and fear. The security problems Europe faces are highly complex. Refugees, we believe, should not turn into scapegoats and must not become secondary victims of these most tragic events.”
6. Med shot, podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“I mean ISIL/Daesh, they want us to pick on refugees and Muslims, Muslim communities already resident in the European Union. They want us to do that. So are we going to be so stupid as to play their game for them? It’s really pretty disgusting how extreme anti-immigrant politicians and media commentators have jumped on this attack to push their existing agendas. That’s really pretty obscene actually, given what happened in Paris.”
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9.. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The only way to defeat ISIL is to join hands across communities, to recognise that the biggest group to suffer at the hands of ISIL are Muslims. Thousands and thousands and thousands of Muslims have been slaughtered, beheaded, tortured, brainwashed, terrorised by ISIL. And European Muslims, if people would listen to them, European Muslim communities are saying they are very ready to help so it’s absolutely senseless, stupid to alienate them, to abuse them, to profile, to demonise them en masse. I think we have to be clever to deal with ISIL. ISIL is very clever.”
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STORYLINE
Refugees should not be turned into scapegoats following the terrorist attacks in Paris, said the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The agency also said that it is “disturbed” by language that demonizes refugees as a group.

Melissa Fleming, Chief Spokesperson for UNHCR also told reporters today (17 Nov) in Geneva that it is concerned that some states may backtrack on commitments they’ve already made to help refugees in the light of events in Paris “such as for relocation, or proposing the erection of more fences or barriers.”

Meanwhile, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said that any discrimination and prejudice following the attacks will be playing straight into the hands of ISIL.

Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for OHCHR, warned against refugees being stigmatized following the Paris attacks. He said that the only way to defeat ISIL is to join hands across communities and to recognize that the biggest group to suffer at the hands of ISIL are Muslims. He also said that thousands and thousands of Muslims have been slaughtered, beheaded, tortured, brainwashed and terrorised by ISIL and that “it’s absolutely senseless, stupid to alienate them, to abuse them, to profile, to demonize them en masse”. He criticized the way that anti-immigrant politicians and media commentators have used the events in Paris to push their existing agendas and described such a reaction as ‘obscene’.
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