HRC / US WITHDRAWAL REAX

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After yesterdays’ announcement of the United States to pull out from the UN Human Rights Council, the current President of the Council today defended the work of the Geneva-based United Nations body. UNTV CH

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STORY: HRC / US WITHDRAWAL REAX
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DATELINE: 20 JUNE 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Human Rights Council Room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vojislav Suc, President of the Human Rights Council:
“The United States of America announced last night at 11:00 pm Geneva time their decision to withdraw their membership from the Human Rights Council”.
4. Wide shot, empty seat of US delegation
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vojislav Suc, President of the Human Rights Council:
“Let me say it very clearly, in a press statement, if human rights issues are not discussed here, in this very room, they have little chance to be dealt with meaningfully anywhere else. The Council provides a unique setting to hear a wide range of views, including those which other organizations are unable or unwilling to discuss”.
6. Close up, name plate of Etats-Unis
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Vojislav Suc, President of the Human Rights Council: “Concerning our next steps, as soon as the notification of withdrawal is formally received, action will be taken accordingly. As per the filling of the vacant seat, this will be acted upon in accordance with the UN practices bearing in mind the provisions of General Assembly resolution 60/251. A new member will have to be elected as soon as possible to replace the United States for the remainder of its term”.
8. Wide shot, empty seat
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Deyana Kostadinova, Ambassador of Bulgaria to the UN and speaking on behalf of the European Union:
“The EU regrets the decision by the US to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. The US has for many years been a strong partner for the European Union in the Human Rights Council. Yesterday’s decision risks undermining the role of the US as a strong advocate and supporter of democracy on the world stage. The European Union will continue to defend human rights and fundamental freedoms, whether in multilateral fora or around the world. We share the objective to make the human Rights Council more efficient and to improve its working methods”.
10. Wide shot, President of Slovenia walking in
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia:
“It is a bad news. It is a bad news for this Council, it is a bad news, I think, for the United Nations, it is a bad news, I think, for the United States, it is a bad news for everybody who takes care about human rights”.
12. Wide shot, Pahor at the podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia:
“We should together endeavour to improve the work of this Human Rights council which is among the most important bodies for protection of human rights. If it is believed that there should be reforms of its work – and it should – we should most seriously and keeping in mind its function – promotion and protection of human rights – try by dialogue and working together to introduce the necessary reforms”.
14. Wide shot, podium
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia:
“The Human Rights Council without the USA will be weaker but also endeavours of the USA in protecting and promoting human rights throughout the world will be weaker as well”.
16. Med shot, empty seat of US delegation
17. Med shot, Slovenian President walking out
18. Wide shot, Human Rights Room

STORYLINE:

After yesterdays’ announcement of the United States to pull out from the UN Human Rights Council, the current President of the Council today defended the work of the Geneva-based United Nations body.

Vojislav Suc stated that “the United States of America announced last night at 11:00 pm Geneva time their decision to withdraw their membership from the Human Rights Council”.

Suc added that “if human rights issues are not discussed here, in this very room, they have little chance to be dealt with meaningfully anywhere else. The Council provides a unique setting to hear a wide range of views, including those which other organizations are unable or unwilling to discuss”.

Suc said that “concerning our next steps, as soon as the notification of withdrawal is formally received, action will be taken accordingly. A new member will have to be elected as soon as possible to replace the United States for the remainder of its term”.

Speaking on behalf of the European Union, Deyana Kostadinova, the Bulgarian Ambassador to the UN, said that “the EU regrets the decision by the US to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. The US has for many years been a strong partner for the European Union in the Human Rights Council”.

Kostadinova added that “yesterday’s decision risks undermining the role of the US as a strong advocate and supporter of democracy on the world stage. The European Union will continue to defend human rights and fundamental freedoms, whether in multilateral fora or around the world. We share the objective to make the human Rights Council more efficient and to improve its working methods”.

Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor, who addressed the Human Rights Council today, also mentioned the US’s withdrawals in his speech. He said that “it is a bad news. It is a bad news for this Council, it is a bad news, I think, for the United Nations, it is a bad news, I think, for the United States, it is a bad news for everybody who takes care about human rights”.

President Pahor urged that “we should together endeavour to improve the work of this Human Rights Council which is among the most important bodies for protection of human rights. If it is believed that there should be reforms of its work – and it should – we should most seriously and keeping in mind its function – promotion and protection of human rights – try by dialogue and working together to introduce the necessary reforms”.

Borut Pahor noted in his remarks that “the Human Rights Council without the USA will be weaker but also endeavours of the USA in protecting and promoting human rights throughout the world will be weaker as well”.

The Human Rights Council is a 47-state body entrusted with protecting and promoting human rights, one of the three pillars set out in the U.N. Charter, along with ensuring peace, security, and international development.
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