GENEVA / SYRIA HRC

28-Mar-2014 00:02:19
The United Nation's top human rights body extended its probe of suspected abuses in Syria for another year.  CH UNTV
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA HRC
TRT: 2.19
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 28 MARCH 2014, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations

28 MARCH 2014, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, pan down from roof, Human Rights Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to Geneva:
“The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on civilians. Men, women and children are being denied their fundamental freedoms and the ability to exercise their human rights day after day. We remain very concerned about indiscriminate attacks and the deliberate targeting of protected civilians, and this contravenes international law. The indiscriminate aerial bombardments of civilian areas must stop immediately.”
4. Med shot, Qatar delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to Geneva:
“We believe that this resolution represents a measured response to the worst human rights situation that this Council has ever faced.”
6. Med shot, Italy delegates
7. Various shots, voting screen
8. SOUNTBITE (Russian) Maria Khodynskaya-Golenishcheva, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to Geneva:
“We believe that this draft will not help in providing for dialogue. Its goal is not to bring positions closer but to create opposition and in this context we request this draft is put to a vote and we will vote against it and call upon members to support our position.”
9. Med shot, voting screen
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui, Permanent Representative of Syria to Geneva:
“Moreover, amongst the co-sponsors of this resolution there are countries that are involved up to the neck in killings in Syria through the use of Takfiris and Al-Qaida, and I quote Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.”.”
11. Med shot, Kuwait delegation
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui, Permanent Representative of Syria to Geneva:
“Given that the resolution is playing a detrimental and partial role in relation to the crisis in Syria, Given that the countries supporting terrorism and intolerance are supporting this resolution and given that the mandate of this council for purely politically motivated reasons which are well known by now, my delegation rejects this resolution as a whole.”
13. Zoom out, from TV to wide of Human Rights Council
STORYLINE
The United Nation's top human rights body today (28 March) extended its probe of suspected abuses in Syria for another year.

The inquiry commission has been reporting about crimes against humanity committed mainly by Syrian government forces, but also by extremist groups fighting against them, and has drawn up a confidential list of suspects for possible future trials.

The resolution, submitted by the UK, was adopted with support from 32 countries on the 47-member council. Those in favor Friday included the United States, Germany, France and Brazil.

Only Venezuela, Russia, Cuba and China were opposed. 11 countries abstained.

Syrian ambassador to the UN in Geneva Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui blasted the resolution. He said that “amongst the co-sponsors of this resolution there are countries that are involved up to the neck in killings in Syria.”

The United Nations estimates more than 125,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which started three years ago as a popular uprising.

In its resolution, the Geneva-based council "strongly condemns the continued gross, systematic and widespread violations of human rights and all violations of international humanitarian law by the Syrian government and affiliated militias."

It also expressed grave concern about the spread of extremist groups and made clear that it condemns violations committed by all sides in the conflict.
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