GENEVA / UKRAINE HRC

26-Mar-2014 00:03:29
The United States and 40 other nations have complained to the UN that Russia is justifying its military action in Ukraine through “unsubstantiated” claims of human rights violations against ethnic Russians. CH UNTV
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DATELINE: 26 MARCH 2014, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

26 MARCH 2014, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
2. Wide, Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations, Geneva.
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Paula Schriefer, Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Human Rights Council:
“We stand with the people of Ukraine at this moment of crisis. We strongly support the new Ukrainian government. That government was overwhelmingly approved by the democratically elected parliament, representing all regions of the country, and supported by all major political parties in Ukraine.”
4.Wide shot, podium
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Paula Schriefer, Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Human Rights Council:
“We express our deepest concern regarding the continuing deterioration of the situation in Ukraine. We are further concerned by Russia’s unsubstantiated narrative of human rights violations, including as a justification for its military incursion into Ukraine. We are further concerned by Russian actions that continue to contribute to the deterioration of the situation, including its ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, its actions in support of the illegal Crimean referendum—which took place despite a boycott of the referendum by the Crimean Tatars, who comprise 15% of the population of the region—and its purported annexation of Crimea. These actions are in violation of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and inconsistent with its commitments under the Helsinki Final Act.”
6.Med shot, France delegation
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Paula Schriefer, Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Human Rights Council:
“We are deeply concerned about credible reports of kidnappings of journalists and activists, the blocking of independent media, and the barring of independent international observers. Furthermore, the situation of minorities in Crimea, in particular the Crimean Tatars, is extremely vulnerable since the Russian military incursion.”
8.Med shot, Russian delegation
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Paula Schriefer, Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Human Rights Council:
“We support the call made by the High Commissioner at the beginning of this session for an immediate, comprehensive and independent investigation into all human rights violations and abuses including killings, disappearances, arbitrary detentions, torture and ill-treatment.”
10.Wide shot, Human Rights Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) H.E. Ambassador Alexey Borodavkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office:
“We don't want to comment in detail of the Joint Statement on Ukraine read out by the American delegation because the affirmations which are far from the truth and their assessments don't stand up to serious scrutiny though those who want to find out about the truth about what's happening in Ukraine and the accession of Crimea to Russia will certainly have studied the statement made by President Putin on the 18th of March this year.”
12. Med shot, Ukraine delegation
13. SOUNDBITE (RUSSIAN) H.E. Ambassador Alexey Borodavkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office:
“This crisis was raised by very ugly forces the ultra nationalists, the neo nazis and racists there are not many of them but their activity and agressivity is the decisive influence in the domestic and foreign policy course of Ukraine. What's the price of their public statements that all Russians in Ukraine need to be shot and that Russia needs to be turned into a nuclear desert? I think that the international community needs seriously to think about the fact that nuclear materials in Ukraine could indeed fall into the hands of people who profess this sort of hate speech.”
14. Med shot, UK delegation
15. SOUNDBITE (Russian) H.E. Ambassador Alexey Borodavkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office:
“On the problem of the Crimean Tatars which has been whipped out which the west has started to worry about so much I can assure you that in the Russian Federation all the necessary political and legislative decisions will be taken to complete the rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatar people. They will be given all rights including the opportunity to speak their national native language and guaranteed participation in the management of Ukraine.”
16. Med shot, China delegation
17. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
STORYLINE
The United States and 40 other nations have complained to the United Nations that Russia is justifying its military action in Ukraine through “unsubstantiated” claims of human rights violations against ethnic Russians.

Paula Schriefer, a U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, says in a joint statement opposing Russia’s annexation of Crimea that Russia has breached its obligations under the U.N. Charter to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty. “We are deeply concerned about credible reports of kidnappings of journalists and activists, the blocking of independent media, and the barring of independent international observers,” she said.

She told the U.N.’s 47-nation Human Rights Council on Wednesday that 40 nations support U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s call for “an immediate, comprehensive and independent investigation” into “all human rights violations and abuses including killings, disappearances, arbitrary detentions, torture and ill-treatment.”

The group also demanded that a U.N. human rights monitoring team be given access to all parts of Ukraine and Crimea and publicly release its findings.
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